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Community centres at the forefront of protection, prevention and response services to vulnerable women and girls in Jordan

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dunya Khalil* and Basma Hamed* are both survivors of domestic violence. Living in a rural area, with limited livelihood opportunities and confronted with the need to provide for their children, they found protection support and counselling services at the women and girls’ centre in Ajloun operated by the Institute for Family Health and UN Women, with the generous support of the Government of Japan. More

From where I stand: “We must fight this perception that what happens in the family remains in the family”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

For Ina Grădinaru, a psychologist with a women’s centre in Moldova, her work with survivors of violence is much more than a job, it’s a social responsibility and her life mission. For the #HearMeToo campaign, she talks about her work, the persisting challenges and myths that must be broken to end the violence. More

#HearMeToo: Afghan women, the faces of change

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Women’s Protection Centre is part of a network of 11 shelters in nine provinces across Afghanistan. They have offered refuge to more than 1,600 survivors of gender-based violence this year, along with a combination of medical, legal and psychosocial services, and skills training so that women can restart their lives. Family Guidance Centres in five provinces offer mediation support, where lawyers, social workers and others engage with women who remain in their communities without facing any imminent risks. More

Take five: “The most effective solutions come from listening to women”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shamima Ali is a feminist activist from Fiji. She is the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women. She has been a Coordinator at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre for the past 31 years. Ms. Ali has also served as a Human Rights Commissioner in Fiji from 2004 to 2006. Her work has included developing and conducting training with police and other service-providers in Fiji and in the Pacific region. More

Kazakhstan’s new plan to end domestic violence demonstrates multi-disciplinary action

Monday, August 28, 2017

A new programme supported by UN Women in Kazakhstan is demonstrating a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing violence against women. More cases of sexual abuse and domestic violence are being reported, specialized centres have been set up in each district to provide comprehensive services for survivors. More

In Serbia, women survivors of domestic violence find hope in the “Good Garden”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The “Good Garden” is a social enterprise for growing organic vegetables, and also a training centre for organic production for women survivors of domestic violence who wish to get involved in this sustainable farming method. More

From where I stand: “Bureaucracy and traditions are holding back youth”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waad Hayef Alhlaili wants to create the first women’s shelter in Kuwait so that she and others can be safe from violence More

Getting Muna back on her feet

Wednesday, December 7, 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

Monday, November 28, 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

Wednesday, November 16, 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

Tuesday, November 15, 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

Monday, July 18, 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

Wednesday, June 29, 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

Friday, December 6, 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

Friday, October 4, 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

Wednesday, April 10, 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

Wednesday, February 27, 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

Friday, February 15, 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

Wednesday, February 6, 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

Friday, January 25, 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

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