"Gender-based violence is a problem in every country around the globe, including the United States. One in three women around the world will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime," Kerry said yesterday on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

He said the cause is deeply personal to him and that gender is no justification for committing violence in a statement.

The US is committed to tackling these issues by strengthening the rule of law, extending a hand to survivors, and working to change outdated attitudes about women and girls.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 has its origins in the 1960 assassination of three of the four Mirabal sisters, Antonia, Maria and Patricia, who were political activists in the Dominican Republic.

Other cases of gender-based violence include the 15-year old girl in Europe at risk of female genital mutilation, the young Afghan stoned to death because she refused to be married, and the thousands of minority women and girls enslaved by Daesh and subjected to serious human rights abuses, he said.

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