Violence against women is not linked to specific countries, regions, religions, classes, races or ethnicities -- it happens all over the world from stable, developed economies to fragile, corrupt states.
Every Valentine's Day, I end up reflecting on the previous year and the state of women in the world. It has now become my V-day ritual -- sorting through articles, and considering the presence of gender-based violence in the media over the previous 12 months.
Violence against women begins with violence against girls. In many countries, this begins even before birth -- estimates suggest that there are more than 100 million 'missing women' as a result of sex-selective abortions.