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In the words of Riko Nagu: “In order to build an inclusive society and a resilient community both women and men should work together.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Riko Nagu is a women’s and girls’ rights activist, member of the United Church Women’s Fellowship group.

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A vital pillar in the justice and security system, the sole forensic science laboratory in the West Bank seeks justice for survivors of violence. UNODC through the HAYA Joint Programme, is training laboratory technicians to help increase the likelihood of identifying perpetrators of violence and holding them accountable.

Op-ed: The roles I've played brought home to me the scourge of violence against women

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Originally published by The Guardian We have been through the unimaginable this year. Separated from family and people we love, our dreams put on pause, while fearing for our health and our very lives. In addition to Covid-19, a shadow pandemic has been unfolding: violence against women. Calls to helplines increased up to fivefold in the first few weeks of the pandemic. And an issue that was already pervasive before Covid-19 hit – evident on the streets, in the tube or...

Joint statement by Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-general of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women emphasize the need for collective action for gender equality and against the pandemic of violence against women and the denial of their rights.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Ghana

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

There has been an alarming rise in violence against women and girls in Ghana since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as a result of lockdowns, social isolation measures and school closures. INERELA+ Ghana is handling cases involving multiple forms of violence, including child abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, emotional and economic abuse, femicide and assault by law enforcement agents.

Orange the world, end violence against women

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

From poetry and storytelling events across 22 provinces in Afghanistan and a solidarity mural in Moldova, to a procession with male district officials on motorbikes in Uganda and a documentary video series in Bosnia and Herzegovina, hundreds of events around the world have called for ending violence against women and girls during the 16 Days of Activism. Under the global theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!", the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign (25 November - 10 December) is amplifying the call for global action to end the pandemic of violence, made worse by COVID-19.

Hand over the mic to: María Adelaida Suárez, Colombia

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

María Adelaida Suárez, a psychologist by profession, is part of the “gender pairs” initiative, which has since 2016 paired survivors of violence in communities with psychologists and legal experts.. The initiative was developed by UN Women Colombia and the Ombudsman's Office of Colombia and is funded by the United Kingdom.

Op-ed: Trafficking in women and girls is moving online due to COVID-19

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

In an op-ed during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner writes: "What this year has shown us is that there are no obstacles too great for traffickers to overcome, so we must reduce the demand at its source."

Hand over the mic to: Minara

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Minara is a Community Outreach volunteer and Rohingya refugee and survivor who fled the conflict in Myanmar in August 2017. As a volunteer in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is part of a UN Women programme that empowers refugee women to lead and participate in decision-making processes in the refugee camps.

In South Africa, young women leading HIV and violence prevention say men’s involvement is key

Monday, November 30, 2020

On World AIDS Day (1 December), we spoke to survivors and community changemakers in South Africa who as part of UN Women’s HeForShe community-based initiative and a joint UNAIDS programme are engaging men and women to reject violence against women and seek HIV testing and treatment.

Press Release: United Nations releases USD 25 million for women-led projects battling gender-based violence

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Originally published by ReliefWeb (New York, 25 November 2020) -  The United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has released $25 million from the UN’s emergency fund to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. The funding has gone to the  United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) and UN Women who have been asked to channel at least 30 percent of it to organizations run by women that prevent violence...

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The global community needs to hear the voices and experiences of women and girls and take into account their needs, especially survivors and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. We must also prioritize women’s leadership in finding solutions and engage men in the struggle."

Hand over the mic: Taking a stand to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec), and as part of the Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is handing over the microphone to five individuals who are working to end discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence and harassment. Hear their stories in this Hand over the Mic video series and then join us in taking a stand to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

Urgent action needed to end pandemic of femicide and violence against women, says UN expert

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is overshadowing the pandemic of femicides and gender-based violence against women and girls, Dubravka Šimonovic, special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said today, calling for the establishment of national femicide watches or observatories around the world to prevent such killings.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Monday, November 23, 2020

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "As we face COVID-19’s devastation, there has never been a more important moment to resolve to put our combined resources and commitment behind the biggest issues, and to end violence against women and girls, for good."

Media Advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, will call for urgent actions to Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect data to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign – running from 25 November until 10 December – under the theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.

Hand over the mic: Women on the front lines of violence against women during COVID-19

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Along with UN Women, our UN partners are working to end violence against women and girls. Hear from women leaders who are part of UN programmes from Kosovo to Kenya, who highlight what they need to stop the escalating violence, recover and rebuild after COVID-19.

Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women, even during a pandemic

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Here are just ten ways you can make a difference, safely and impactfully.

Hand over the mic to: Naruthai Tansukasem, Thailand

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Naruthai Tansukasem, 20, became a singer in the girls-led band, ‘Siamese Kittenz’, at age 12, with a passion for stage performance and dancing. After being in the group for six years, she quit because of the online harassment that’s all too common and often unaddressed in the entertainment industry.

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