Day 11. The Hidden Cost: Gender-Based Violence's Economic Impact

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I am the 1% who reported a SGBV case and was denied my first ever job because what I did was "mediocrity" as the space was used to what I opposed to. "

As we observe Day 11 of the #16DaysofActivism, it's crucial to delve into a less-discussed yet significant aspect of gender-based violence (GBV): its profound economic repercussions. Beyond its immediate physical and emotional toll, GBV has far-reaching effects on employment and financial stability, significantly impacting survivors' economic independence and overall well-being.

One of the direct consequences of GBV on employment is the disruption of work and careers. Survivors may miss work due to injuries, trauma, or court appearances, leading to decreased productivity and potential job loss. Moreover, the fear of violence or harassment in the workplace might compel individuals to quit their jobs, affecting their financial stability and future career prospects.

In cases of intimate partner violence, perpetrators may exert financial control, limiting access to shared assets or employment opportunities for their partners. This financial abuse can trap survivors in abusive relationships, making it challenging to leave and rebuild their lives independently.

The economic impact extends beyond immediate job loss or financial control. Survivors often incur substantial costs related to healthcare, legal fees, or relocating to ensure safety. These additional expenses can lead to financial strain, debt accumulation, and long-term economic instability, exacerbating the cycle of poverty.

Furthermore, the stigma associated with being a survivor of GBV can affect one's professional reputation and employment opportunities. Discrimination or judgment from employers or colleagues may lead to isolation or further difficulties in securing or maintaining employment.

Addressing the economic impact of GBV necessitates multifaceted solutions. Employers must create supportive work environments that offer flexibility, confidentiality, and resources for employees experiencing GBV. Policies safeguarding job security and paid leave for survivors are critical to ensuring they can seek help without fear of losing their livelihoods.

Additionally, financial institutions and service providers should offer tailored support, including access to affordable credit, housing assistance, and financial literacy programs. Empowering survivors to regain control of their finances and rebuild their economic independence is pivotal in their journey towards recovery.

On this day dedicated to awareness and action against GBV, let's recognize the interconnectedness between violence and financial stability. It's crucial to advocate for policies and practices that not only support survivors in their healing process but also empower them economically. By addressing the economic impact of GBV, we take a step closer towards creating a more equitable and secure future for all.







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