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From where I stand: “Due to COVID-19 people were not going to the police”

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Simret Tesfaye is nurse at the Association for Women's Sanctuary and Development, a non-profit organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which manages six shelters for survivors of gender-based violence. Currently, she is working at the Transitional Shelter that opened in April 2020 with support from UN Women.

On the front lines of COVID-19, women’s organizations provide vital services as first responders as violence against women spikes

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

“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.

UN Women and Unilever team up in Tanzanian tea plantations to create safer communities for women

Friday, January 31, 2020

Under a new partnership with UN Women, Unilever is supporting over 1,000 smallholder farmers and raising awareness among its 6,000 employees in Tanzania.

Reforming the laws that forced women to marry their rapists

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Years of collective mobilization, strategizing and innovation by women’s rights groups culminated in the repeal or reform of archaic laws across the Northern Africa and Western Asia region

Using AI in accessing justice for survivors of violence

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In Thailand, an Artificial Intelligence chat bot offers support to help survivors of sexual violence navigate the justice process.

In Lebanon, healing the wounds of violence through theatre

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Through participatory theatre performances using acting and puppetry, women and men in Lebanon are speaking up to claim their rights, with some going on to become community mobilizers.

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.

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.

From where I stand: “I went back to university to pursue my degree in Gender Studies; I am the only male student in the class”

Friday, November 9, 2018

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.

#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.

In the words of Justice Anisa Rasooli: “Not all women in Afghanistan are women in blue burqas begging…we can be the best engineers, doctors, judges, teachers”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Justice Anisa Rasooli was recently appointed as the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. She has been a powerful advocate for bringing more women into judicial positions, including as a leader of the Afghan Women Judges Association.

From where I stand: “The solutions really are with communities and the people”

Friday, July 27, 2018

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.

Breaking stereotypes and transforming masculinity in Viet Nam

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Male Advocates and Volunteerism Club in Da Nang, Viet Nam is a part of UN Women’s efforts to transform harmful masculinities and promote respectful relationships in the prevention of violence against women and girls. The intervention works with men of all ages to transform harmful masculinities and engaging them to become male advocates in their communities for the prevention of gender-based violence.

From where I stand: “We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the frontlines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centred response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors.

UN Joint Global Programme calls for coordinated, multi-sectoral responses for survivors of violence

Friday, May 25, 2018

At the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which took place in Vienna from 14-18 May 2018, UNODC, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and WHO organized a side event on coordinated, multi-sectoral responses to such violence, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Peru and Vietnam.

In the words of Deeba Ayubi: “I am fighting a good fight and it's worth the sacrifice.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Deeba Ayubi, 27, is a women’s rights activist and defense lawyer with UN Women’s partner organization, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), which protects and supports survivors of violence. Ayubi is passionate about helping women and girls achieve a life free from all forms of violence and dreams of becoming a judge.

Madrid joins UN Women Safe Cities Global Programme

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The City of Madrid, in Spain, is joining UN Women’s “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Programme Initiative”, which aims to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces, including public transport.

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative urges inclusive global action on violence against women and girls

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On 12 March, opening day of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, brought together leaders from Government and civil society to discuss strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls.

From where I stand: “Empowerment begins with knowing your labour rights”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ayk Sbaihat is a Palestinian human rights lawyer who used to provide legal aid to survivors of violence. In 2016, she took on a new journey, through the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) of UN Women, helping female workers in Jenin, a northern city in the West Bank, to protect their labour rights.

From where I stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases.

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