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Malawi Parliament adopts amendment to end child marriage

22 February 2017

The country with one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world has taken a major step to end the practice by adopting a constitutional amendment on 14 February that raises the minimum age of marriage to 18 years. More

In Timbio, Colombia, youth take a stand against street harassment

25 January 2017

A workshop organized by UN Women to prevent violence against women and build non-violent masculinities led to the development and adoption of a Municipal Decree by the Mayor, to sensitize the public and prevent all forms of violence and discrimination against women, including street harassment. More

Young people in Viet Nam organize to end dating violence

16 November 2016

The first survey conducted by youth activists on dating violence in Viet Nam shows almost 59 per cent of young women have experienced violence. Presented with the findings, the CEDAW Committee recommends revision of the national law to penalize all forms of violence against women, including dating violence. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka congratulating the Government of Pakistan on passage of anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills

11 October 2016

With these bills, Pakistan joins a vital growing momentum around the world in the adoption of legislation explicitly protecting women’s and girls’ rights. More

Coordinated response gives Kosovo* domestic violence survivors hope

18 July 2016

UN Women-supported project leads to Municipal Coordination Mechanisms and a more effective response by Kosovo’s police, judiciary, NGOs, shelters and other institutions working with domestic violence survivors. More

Gender Violence Bill presented in Uruguay

15 April 2016

Uruguay’s Council of Ministers has just approved a Government bill that aims "to guarantee women a life free of gender-based violence." The bill, which will now go to the Senate, not only defines gender violence and how it manifests itself but would also bring about a change to current criminal law and create an institutional response system as well as specialized courts. 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

New draft law to combat human trafficking brings hope in Morocco

09 September 2015

Experts believe adopting the new anti-trafficking law will make it easier for authorities to investigate and prosecute this widespread crime. 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

New law spurs action, bringing protection to many

31 October 2014

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors. More

"Positive developments for women’s empowerment and gender equality in Jordan" – Executive Director

20 February 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, during the a ceremony to announce Jordan's COMMITment, in Amman, 20 February 2014. More

Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

31 January 2014

UN Women applauds the thousands of communities that have made public declarations to abandon this harmful practice that cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture. To end FGM, leadership is needed at every level, from Governments to community and religious leaders, medical professionals and families. 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

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