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Type Journal Article - Ethiopian Journal of Reproductive Health
Title A Cross Sectional Study on Prevalence of Gender Based Violence in Three High Schools, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Volume 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 6
Gender based violence (GBV) is a pervasive problem of most women all over the world. Studies in our country and Africa have shown great burden of this incapacitating problem in women. Cultural norms and beliefs play important role in perpetuating this problem.
This study was designed to determine the overall prevalence of GBV and its patterns in three selected high schools in Addis Ababa.
This is a cross sectional descriptive study conducted with 377 female high school students in the selected high schools. Self administered structured questionnaires were used.
The study showed that 6.2% of the students have started sexual intercourse; and of these, 26.1% were raped cases. In addition 75.9% of the students reported being sexually harassed. Over 26% of the respondents have undergone female genital cutting (FGC). The incidence of household violence in the study population was 13.6%. Of the partnered female
students 23% reported to have been physically abused by their partners.
Social support and law enforcement to mitigate this significant public health problem should be prioritized by the government and other organizations working on women's welfare.

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