violence against women

States accountable for investigating and preventing violence against women – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert has stressed the need to hold States accountable not only for investigating acts of violence against women but also for failing to prevent such violence.

UN welcomes new Bolivian law broadening protection of women from violence

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed a new law in Bolivia which broadens the protection of women against various forms of violence.

At Headquarters and around the globe, UN celebrates International Women’s Day

The United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day today with the debut of a new song to rally and inspire listeners to join the drive for women’s rights and gender equality, and a call to action to turn the promises for women into concrete change.

FEATURE: UN peacekeeping - on the front lines to end violence against women

“I know what it means to lose your house, to be looted. To look a child in the eye and say, 'If they come for me, you need to run'," said the newly appointed United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. "I know what it means to give testimony and to investigate the documents.”

UN women’s commission begins annual session with call to stop gender-based violence

The United Nations commission focusing on women today kicked off its annual session with a call to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global scourge that affects millions around the world.

UN experts urge US Congress to renew Violence Against Women Act

Two United Nations experts today urged the United States House of Representatives to approve a revised bill which strengthens the legal options for female victims of violence and sexual abuse, and extends protections to indigenous, immigrant and gay victims.

Policy-makers and survivors gather at UN forum on ending violence against women

Policy-makers and survivors convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to build consensus and identify common strategies on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls.

States have obligation to eliminate violence against women – UN officials

Countries have a responsibility to implement national policies to end violence against women, United Nations officials stressed today, adding that urgent action is needed to stop one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide.

UN committee approves first-ever text calling for end to female genital mutilation

United Nations Member States have approved the first-ever draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation, in a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting millions of women and girls.

UN Trust Fund to give over $8 million in grants to help end violence against women

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women will give more than $8 million in grants to local initiatives in 18 countries to deal with the issue, the UN agency tasked with advancing gender equality announced today.