Gender violence is a form of violence women suffer for the mere fact of being women within a patriarchal society and which results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, whether publicly or privately.
It is a key component of gender discrimination and a serious expression of the structural inequality that exists between men and women. It represents a violation of human rights as well as an obstacle for women to be able to freely develop under the same conditions and with the same opportunities as men. Feminism, by contrast, is a social and political position for the defence of rights and freedoms between men and women, and is an effective tool for guaranteeing a life free of gender violence.
We need to debunk the stereotype that links gender violence to the lowest social classes. Violence cuts across all social groups and affects most women at some time in their life regardless of their socio-economic position.