violence against women

Practices that discriminate against women must end, UN expert tells Zambia

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Zambia to translate its laws and polices to protect women into reality and to combat negative practices which violate their rights.

Development efforts must include steps to end violence against women – UN expert

Violence and discrimination against women and girls remains pervasive and is often overlooked, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, adding that efforts to achieve the global anti-poverty goals should include closer attention to the protection of women’s rights.

UN calls on corporate sector to help eliminate violence against women

The corporate sector must engage more closely in the fight against the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing the importance role of business leaders in eliminating the scourge.

Caribbean region joins UN campaign to end violence against women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged everyone in the Caribbean to get involved in the quest to end violence against women – a scourge which affects one in every three women in the region during her lifetime.

UN official enlists advertising industry in combating violence against women

A top United Nations official has exhorted advertisers to join efforts to stamp out violence against women, calling on the industry to help defy destructive gender stereotypes, a root cause of the scourge.

El Salvador: UN rights expert hits out against rise in killings of women and girls

Violence against women and girls in El Salvador remains prevalent and pervasive, with the number of murders on the rise and kidnappings, sexual assaults and sexual harassment all too frequent, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned.

Victims of violence against women must be supported, perpetrators punished – Ban

Violence against women devastates individuals and societies alike, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for united action to demand accountability, end impunity and support the victims of this global scourge.

Impunity for domestic violence, ‘honour killings’ cannot continue – UN official

So-called ‘honour killings’ are an extreme symptom of discrimination against women, which – including other forms of domestic violence – is a plague that affects every country, the United Nations human rights chief says, calling on governments to tackle impunity for this crime.

UN chief launches campaign in Africa to eradicate male violence against women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the support of African leaders to give new impetus to his campaign to end the violence suffered by women on the continent, which he called the “unsung heroines” of development in the region.

Nicole Kidman helps break ground on UN-backed centre to end violence against women

Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is set to help break ground today on a new centre located in San Francisco to combat violence against women, part of an initiative between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Family Violence Prevention Fund.