UN calls for strong action to eliminate violence against women

The United Nations today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with calls for states to take legal action against the global scourge, for societies to change a mindset that permits such abuse, and for women themselves to stand up and speak out against a culture of shame.

More governments tackle violence as a public health threat – UN agency

Governments around the world are increasingly working to prevent violence in the interests of public health and cost-effectiveness, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which today opened a conference in San Francisco, California, aimed at seeking further advances on the issue.

UN expert studying violence against children cites progress in many States

A new United Nations survey shows that many countries are engaged in developing recommendations to reduce violence against children, its main author said today in New York.

More must be done to protect Latin American children from violence – UN panel

Latin American children must be taught non-violence and have their rights protected since they experience violence mainly in family homes and Government institutions, according to a regional expert panel assembled by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN meeting for South Asia seeks end to violence against children

A United Nations-backed regional meeting dealing exclusively with violence against children, the first of its kind to be held in South Asia, opened today in Islamabad, Pakistan, amid calls for countries in the region to do more to prevent physical and psychological harm to young people.

UN-backed meeting seeks to curb violence against children in Indian Ocean area

In an effort to curb violence against children, experts from five Indian Ocean islands have gathered in Madagascar for a three-day United Nations-backed sub-regional meeting to draw up a plan of action.