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By Desmond Tutu, The Elders

Editor’s note: Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chair of The Elders. In 2011 The Elders founded Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. This article was also published by the Skoll World Forum here. The views expressed are the author’s own.

On November 25, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It is deeply saddening, though perhaps not shocking, to learn that around 70 percent of all women experience physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Despite the progress we have made, this world remains a cruel and arbitrary one for too many women and girls.

Do not be fooled, however: this is not some so-called “women’s issue.” After all, we know that more often than not, the violence suffered by women is inflicted by the men they share their lives with – their…

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