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23% of women in Nepal and 56% of women in India think that domestic violence is acceptable under some circumstances. A 2006 UNICEF study found that nearly 18% of 4,000 girl students in Nepal interviewed had experienced severe sexual abuse. Rape is one of the most common crimes against women in India. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. In Nepal, where we work, a research conducted by HimRights in 2013, studying 2000 girls in seven districts in Nepal (13 - 18 years old), found that 1 in 10 girls had experienced sexual violence, and that most common perpetrators were known to the girls, including male friends (23%), teachers (16%) and family (8%). Schools were the most common places for assault with 1 in 3 girls attacked in school. Only 1% of girls reported the assaults to the police.
Fight Back provides safety training to women and girls in Nepal to reduce the risk of sexual violence. Fight Back trains women and girls to assert themselves using the full strength of their voice, body language, mental attitude and physical power. Over 7000 girls have been trained to date with over 95% reporting an increase in confidence and skills. The Fight Back model is sustainable, with courses paid for by institutions, schools and parents. The market is large and Fight Back is now in a position to scale up the delivery model across Nepal as well as enter the Indian market.