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Kazakhstan’s domestic violence crisis centres save lives, need funds

16 November 2016

Under-funded and facing huge demand for their services, non-state domestic violence centres offer women anonymity, confidentiality and comprehensive housing, psychological, legal and social support. More

From where I stand: Hajiya Halima Mahdi

07 September 2016

Hajiya Halima Mahdi, 60, is a female chief and retired civil servant from Kaltungo local government, Gombe State, Nigeria. She is one of the 50 women mentors trained by UN Women as part of the Northern Nigeria Women, Peace and Security Programme, funded by the European Union, which aims to strengthen women’s leadership and engagement in peacebuilding efforts. More

Violence reports rise as public attitudes towards domestic violence shift in Georgia

03 March 2016

In recent years, the disclosure of domestic violence cases has dramatically increased in Georgia. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, it actually doubled in 2015, while the number of restraining orders issued increased from 227 in 2013 to 2,598 in 2015. More

"We must focus on changing attitudes and realizing women’s human rights" — Executive Director on ending violence against women

09 December 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 9 December. More

Press release: High-level global UN meeting to focus on ending violence against women

07 December 2015

On 9-10 December, over 150 high-level representatives from over 40 UN Member States and the Council of Europe (CoE), UN agencies, academia and NGOs plan to attend Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change, a high-level global UN meeting in Istanbul to assess progress, identify challenges and renew global political commitments to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls. More

"Violence against women and men should not be inevitable" — Executive Director

09 November 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Colloquium on Violence, Intervention, and Agency at Yale University on 6 November. More

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

20 November 2014

UN Women is working with the Attorney General’s Office in Palestine on a human-rights-based approach to handling cases of domestic and gender-based violence, by training public prosecutors in line with international standards and developing operating procedures. More

Cambodia takes multi-pronged approach to confronting gender-based violence

17 November 2014

To strengthen its policies and evidence base, UN Women supported the participatory formulation of Cambodia’s 2nd National Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Women. More

After gang-rape sentencing in India, UN Women urges a comprehensive approach to end violence against women

13 September 2013

Taking note of the conviction of the four men accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, UN Women India Representative Rebecca Tavares states that perpetrators of crimes against women must be brought to justice and evidence suggests that higher conviction rates serve as deterrents to violence. More

“Ending Abuse of Authority for Purposes of Sexual Exploitation (Sextortion): The Experience of the Judiciary in Tanzania”

14 June 2013

Opening Remarks by John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, UN Women, at the Government of Tanzania Side Event: “Ending Abuse of Authority for Purposes of Sexual Exploitation (Sextortion): The Experience of the Judiciary in Tanzania,” 12 March 2013 More

UNAMA and UN Women call on Afghan authorities to ensure full implementation of the law to eliminate violence against women

20 May 2013

In a joint press statement, UNAMA and UN Women representatives in Afghanistan call on the Afghan Government and Parliament to enforce a landmark law enacted by presidential decree in 2009. It has yet to gain parliamentary approval and challenges persist in its enforcement. More

UN Women calls for urgent and effective action against femicide

15 May 2013

In a statement, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri welcomes mounting global momentum to end gender-related killings and urges States to take bold and swift action to implement international agreements. More

Making laws real and accessible underlines efforts by judges in Tanzania

08 May 2013

Tanzanian women High Court judges are training the judiciary to apply international women’s rights standards in their judgments and to protect survivors and witnesses of violence against women and girls. They are also engaging in awareness-raising efforts to improve the understanding of women’s rights and options for legal recourse. More

In Timor-Leste communities mobilize to confront domestic violence

26 April 2013

Police and community-based networks in Timor-Leste are working to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence by helping survivors get counseling and judicial assistance. They also raise awareness of the domestic violence law. More

UN Women deplores the rape of a 5-year-old and calls for greater accountability of service providers

24 April 2013

In a statement, UN Women India strongly deplores the continuing cases of sexual violence against women and girls, including the recent barbaric rape of a girl child in New Delhi. The urgent need to promote and protect the rights of women and girls in India and punishment for perpetrators is strongly urged. More

Thailand launches One-Stop Crisis Centre to respond to violence against women

10 April 2013

The launch of Thailand’s pioneering One-Stop Crisis Centre by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on 9 April reinforces the continuing efforts to respond to and prevent violence against women and girls after Thailand joined UN Women’s newest global initiative, COMMIT. More

Femicide in Latin America

04 April 2013

While women in El Salvador are working to implement a new law against gender-based killings of women, UN Women and OHCHR have come together to promote a regional protocol against such crimes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More

Bolstering efforts to end impunity for femicide and gender-motivated killings

15 March 2013

During a CSW57 side event on “Gender-motivated killings of women,” UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet detailed UN efforts to end impunity through legal reforms to establish femicide as a specific crime – particularly in Latin America, where rates are highest. More

Swimming against the tide: ‘Salmon’ police units assist women facing violence in El Salvador

13 March 2013

Under the new law against violence in El Salvador, a Specialized Institutional Police Unit to assist women in situations of violence has been created and is working to build a safer city. Its members have earned the nickname of "salmon" since they go against the current. More

Speech by Michelle Bachelet on “Gender-Motivated Killings of Women, Including Femicide”

12 March 2013

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women on “Gender-Motivated Killings of Women, Including Femicide” at a CSW57 side event on 8 March, 2013 More

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