Indian women march in a protest against gender violence in Delhi. Photograph: Reuters

GuardianWitness is calling on women and men from around the world to share their stories on the topic of violence against women to help build a  global picture. Submissions are already coming in. We invite you to participate by sharing and/or reading incoming stories to expand and deepen your personal and our collective understanding of the ways in which this violence impacts communities around the world.


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On 14 February the One Billion Rising campaign is calling on women and men to rise up and demand an end to violence against women. It’s estimated that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime – that’s 1 billion women. This year’s campaign is calling for justice for survivors of gender violence.

As part of our coverage around One Billion Rising we want you to help us build a global picture of violence against women. Is it something you’ve experienced? Either as a woman, or a man. Or do you know someone who has? Why do you think it happens? What do you think are the underlying causes of violence against women, globally or in your community?

What about the solutions. Have you been involved in a campaign or initiative to prevent violence against women? Tell us why it works. Do you have an idea for a campaign you’d like to get off the ground? Will you take part in One Billion Rising?

We recognise these stories might sensitive so if you’d like to submit something anonymously, we suggest setting up an account with a username that is different from your own, and make sure you turn your location data off. If you have any problems with your submission, or you’d like to discuss your submission before posting, please get in touch [email protected].

Share your stories by text, photo or video through the “contribute to this article” buttons. If you have a smartphone, you can also download the GuardianWitness app. This assignment closes at 1pm on Saturday 15 February.

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