African countries pledge to fight violence against women in UN-backed campaign

Twenty-two African countries have recommitted themselves to ending violence against women and children as part of a United Nations-backed 16-day-long campaign against the scourge.

Zimbabwean film takes first prize at UN festival spotlighting gender-based violence

A Zimbabwean director has taken first prize in an Africa-wide film festival organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to heighten awareness about gender-based violence across the continent.

Culture of neglect, denial about violence against women is ‘massive’ – top UN official

There is a “massive” culture of neglect and denial about violence against women, and refugee populations are in the front line of the scourge, according to the top United Nations refugee official.

UN joins in 16-day campaign to fight violence against women

From bride burning and sexual violence as a weapon of war to genital mutilation, date rape and child marriage, gender-based violence will be the focus of a United Nations-backed 16-day-long campaign being launched tomorrow.

Top UN officials urge all to back Annan’s global study on violence against children

Highlighting the widespread incidence of violence against children in all parts of the world, top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of following-up on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s in-depth study of the problem, by acting on its recommendations for better legislation and enforcement.

UN officials urge global backing for Annan’s report on violence against women

Painting a grim picture of the extent of violence against women in all parts of the world, senior United Nations officials today urged everyone to fully support Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recent in-depth study on the problem, which lays out legislative and other recommendations to combat the scourge.

Urgent action needed to counter widespread violence against women: UN health agency

Violence against women is common and widespread throughout the developing and developed world and urgent action must be taken to deal with the scourge, the United Nations health agency warned today in a report highlighting that women are generally more at risk from their partners than other people.

UN-backed conference calls for ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual violence in conflict

Delegates from more than 30 countries at a United Nations-backed conference on sexual violence in conflict today endorsed a programme for action, ranging from ending impunity to developing national preventive plans, after hearing harrowing accounts of the scourge, including the rape of girls as young as one year old.