Visit: dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/Case-Studies/2010/Gender-violence-in-Pakistan/ to find out more about how the UK government is helping tackle gender violence in Pakistan.
According to the United Nations, 1 in 3 women globally has suffered from gender violence.
"16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence" is an UN awareness raising campaign which runs each year from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) up to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
The issue is particularly acute in Pakistan where over 4,500 women were victims of violence in the first half of 2009 alone. Yet this figure only hints at the full picture of physical abuse in the country. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimates that a woman is raped every two hours, a gang rape occurs every eight hours, and about 1,000 women die annually in honour killings.