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Young school girls organize themselves before the March to End Gender-Based Violence in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  One sign reads: "Refrain from using abusive language for Women and Children". Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath
In Focus: Leave no one behind – End violence against women

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, is taking place this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. At the heart of this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women”, is the imperative to support those who are particularly vulnerable. The UNiTE Campaign is calling on everyone to join the movement to end violence against women, using the colour orange to make your action visible. Everyone has a role to play! More

  • Interactive: Violence against Women explore the issue

    Interactive experience: Violence against Women

    Violence against women Violence against women and girls manifests itself in many different forms. Whether at home, on the streets or during war, it is a human rights violation of pandemic proportions that takes place in public and private spaces. More

  • Orange the World: Leave no one behind: End violence against women and girls

    Orange the World

    The UNiTE Campaign will celebrate this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November – 10 December, under the theme “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence against Women and Girls”. More

  • Resist violence against women

    Ending violence against women: Resist

    Violence against women is not inevitable. There are many ways to prevent it from happening. Everyone has a role to play, and prevention must start early. Read our selection of stories from around the world. More

  • End violence against women: Empower

    Ending violence against women: Empower

    Empower women and girls, support survivors through adequate services so that they can rebuild their lives and stop violence from reoccurring More

  • Ending violence against women: Rise

    Ending violence against women: Rise

    Survivors around the world are speaking out, turning their lives around, holding perpetrators accountable, and inspiring others. Read our selection of stories from around the world. More

  • Ending violence against women: Transform

    Ending violence against women: Transform

    Enforce laws that protect women’s rights and transform the attitudes and practices that condone violence against women. Read our selection of stories from around the world. More

  • Justice now: Ending impunity for sexual and gender based violence

    Justice now: an interactive experience

    This interactive infostory explores the various paths to justice, gives voice to survivors’ stories and looks at the critical role that investigators play in ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence crimes. More

  • From 24 to 27 October 2016, in the sidelines of the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) convened 29 UN Volunteers working in conflict and post-conflict settings for a learning and strategy workshop in New York, to exchange knowledge and build their capacities for gender-responsive peacebuilding. The workshop was part of a partnership initiative by UN Women, UNV and PBSO, which aims to enhance peacebuilding initiatives by incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring women’s participation at all stages of conflict prevention, resolution and recovery. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

    Gender parity in the UN system

    UN Women is committed to supporting the UN system to reach gender parity, based on its mandate to lead, promote and coordinate efforts to advance the full realization of women’s rights and opportunities. More

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