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This short advocacy briefing aims to highlight some of the costs to national economies and households of violence against women and girls. It also gives some examples of how strategic investments to address this violence can make a concrete and long-lasting difference in lives of women and girls as well as their communities.
“Voices against Violence” is a co-educational curriculum developed by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and UN Women, with inputs from young people. Designed for various age groups ranging from 5 to 25 years, it provides young people with tools and expertise to understand the root causes of violence in their communities, to educate and involve their peers and communities to prevent such violence, and to learn about where to access support if violence is experienced.
The adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national plans of action to address violence against women is one of the five key outcomes which the Secretary-General's campaign “UNiTE to end violence against women aims to achieve in all countries by 2015.