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Violence and prejudice in 2023: a year of hurdles for Asia’s women and gender minorities

  • Violence in the region has meant increased risks of women and girls becoming victims of abuse and sexual attacks

  • Challenges also persist for Asia’s queer communities, which are facing growing scrutiny and discrimination, while misogyny continues to be pervasive in politics

Women shout slogans as they protest over the atrocities against Meitei women in Imphal on August 7, 2023, following ongoing ethnic violence in the northeastern Manipur state. Photo: AFP

Throughout the Asia-Pacific region, women and gender minorities have continued to encounter threats to their safety and restrictions on their rights this year.

The alarming outbreaks of violence across the region, in particular, have underscored the unique challenges faced by women and girls during times of conflict.

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