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Getting Muna back on her feet

07 December 2016

Muna Hadad has suffered a lifetime of violence and abuse. Fearing her son’s safety, she left her abusive second husband and found refuge in a woman’s shelter supported by UN Women. Today, she is safe, independent and a working mother. More

Survivors of violence find hope in shelters in Ethiopia

28 November 2016

In 2015, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office partnered with the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) to establish the largest shelter in the country in Oromia region, as part of the ‘Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls in Ethiopia’ programme More

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: Maia Țaran

15 November 2016

With 6 out of 10 women having experienced intimate partner violence, most Moldovans perceive violence against women as an unresolvable issue. Maia Țaran, 38, lives in Firladeni, a village in the south of Moldova. After receiving support from the women’s shelter in Causeni, she became a “positive champion” and is now helping other women survivors to speak out and seek help. 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

Shelters offer new lease on life in Georgia

29 June 2016

Safe and child-friendly, Georgia’s domestic violence shelters, set up with UN Women support, give women job training and medical, psychosocial and legal assistance to help them rebuild their lives. More

A place to heal for domestic violence survivors

06 December 2013

On 6 December, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka engaged with survivors of domestic violence and service providers at a shelter in New York City. The visit took place during the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women. More

Lakshmi Puri visits centre for women survivors of violence in Morocco

04 October 2013

During an official visit to Morocco to attend the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders in Rabat, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visited the Nejma Centre, where women survivors of violence benefit from counseling, training, information, psychological support and legal advice. 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

Better services for survivors of domestic violence in Kosovan municipalities

27 February 2013

Three municipalities in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) are implementing a joint UN programme to better respond to domestic violence by coordinating municipal authorities, women’s organizations and front-line service providers such as police, the judiciary, social services and hospitals. More

Burns Violence Survivors rebuild their lives in Nepal

15 February 2013

In a country where an estimated 50 per cent of suicide cases follow burns violence, an NGO supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is helping survivors of burn attacks access treatment, counseling and legal aid they need. More

New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

06 February 2013

In a country where an estimated 11,800 girls and young women are kidnapped every year to wed against their will, the President of Kyrgyzstan approved legislation on 26 January to increase the sentence for bride-kidnapping to 10 years in prison. More

Malian women make their voices heard: emergency aid, participation in the peace process, and justice for all

25 January 2013

As UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet attends the African Union Summit, we hear from the displaced women in Mali, who met with Ms. Bachelet during her 9 January visit to the war-torn country. More

Helping rape survivors in Mali to speak up

09 January 2013

UN Women is supporting survivors of sexual violence in Mali, and along with two local NGOs has set up a gender-based violence unit in a major hospital to provide medical and psycho-social support to rape survivors. More

Remarks of Michelle Bachelet during her visit with internally displaced women at the Women’s House in Mali

09 January 2013

Remarks of Michelle Bachelet during her visit with internally displaced women at the Women's House. Bamako, Mali. 9 January 2013. [Check against delivery] Let me first thank the organizers for this More

In Ethiopia, a Safe House for abused girls provides shelter and hopes for a better future

09 October 2012

Down a dusty suburban street, behind high whitewashed walls, gates and razor wire sits a small brick house, just like countless others in the Ethiopian city of Adama. But what's special about this particular address, is that it provides a service that is creating a future for women and girls who have experienced unthinkable abuse. More

In Palestine, a Centre offers shelter and changes lives for survivors of violence

13 March 2012

At the Mehwar Centre, survivors are healing their wounds, rebuilding their self-esteem and getting an education so that they can transform their lives. More

Safe Houses Provide Critical Support to Survivors of Violence in Haiti

06 January 2012

“Please, come with me tomorrow. Come with me tomorrow as you did today, with the other teenager?" This is the plea from 13-year-old Johanne to Monique, a counselor at the Myriam Merlet Safe House in Cape Haitian. They had met at a police station just a few hours earlier, where Monique was helping a 15-year-old orphan, Nadja, who had become pregnant following repeated rapes. Johanne, also a survivor of rape, had been struggling to file a complaint with the police, and was at a loss at who to turn to. More

Ethiopia: Regaining Hope for Life

01 February 2011

Through the tall gate, unremarkable from the street, is a place of refuge. Flowers spill along the paths that link a series of modest one-story buildings. The air is full of the sounds of laughter, music and dance, as today is a celebration of women's survival and strength. More

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