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Launching this month, the Lila.help website directory lists accurate, vetted and safe helplines and local emergency service information for more than 90 countries, and aims to expand to every country and territory. The website was developed by the Global Network of Women's Shelters (GNWS) with financial and technical support from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and UN Women.
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A UN Women initiative, as part of a joint UN project funded by the Government of Sweden, is training teachers across the country in self-defense and communications skills to prevent and mitigate the risk of violence in schools.
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Morocco has restructured the national police force to better support women survivors, like Layla Bennani, and to prevent violence against women.
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“Women’s organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response continue to adapt and provide vital services for survivors, even in the face of unprecedented challenges. As violence against women rises, the services offered by women’s organizations must be included in governments’ COVID-19 response packages,” said Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund.
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Meet Imad Natour, a Palestinian police officer who specializes in domestic violence cases as part of the Family and Juvenile Protection Unit. The unit, supported by a joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, provides survivors of violence with medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection. The unit is also creating powerful gender equality advocates like Natour within communities.
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Rukmini Rao, from India, is the founder of the Gramya Resource Centre for Women that tackles the issues of land rights for women, their right to education, and the prevention of violence against women and girls.
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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.
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At the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town, South Africa from 15 – 18 January, data and statistics experts from around the world will join governments, private sector, civil society and academia, in exploring innovative ways to measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the United States National Summit on Female Genital Mutilation on 2 December in Washington D.C.
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In Mexico City, nine in ten women have experienced violence in public transport. Through the “Mexico City Safe City and Safe Public Spaces for women and girls” programme, UN Women is promoting women’s safety, including through women-only buses.
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the CAMTRA organization, which stages artistic and cultural events in areas where there are large concentrations of young people in order to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action roundtable on human and social development and good governance at all levels, in Antalya Turkey on 29 May.
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To strengthen the partnership and path to development for the world’s 48 poorest countries, representatives from Governments, the UN system, civil society and the private sector are gathering in Antalya, Turkey from 27-29 May 2016, to undertake a Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries.
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On her first official visit to Turkey, UN Women Executive Director met with government, civil society, private sector and media representatives, called on all stakeholders to act now to end violence against women and girls, and emphasised prevention, ending impunity for crimes, survivor services, and engaging men to stop violence against women.
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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.
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Through the Safe City Metro Manila programme, Quezon City will improve data collection and lead the way with local legislation on sexual harassment against women in public spaces.
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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.
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Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November in New York.
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Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Colloquium on Violence, Intervention, and Agency at Yale University on 6 November.