UNICEF and Zambia say ‘just stop it’ to gender-based violence

A new campaign in Zambia backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for an end to gender-based violence, the second biggest scourge in the nation, following HIV and AIDS, according to the African nation’s leader.

UN chief urges action to end violence and abuses endured by women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the “shocking” abuse, violence and discrimination suffered by women, in a call for action to empower the gender that make up over half the world’s population.

South African lawyer becomes new UN rights expert on violence against women

A South African lawyer who has also worked as an academic in the human rights field and a campaigner against domestic violence has taken over as the new United Nations independent expert to tackle violence against women.

Two UN agencies partner to make world’s cities safer for women

Two United Nations agencies have teamed up to combat violence against women and girls in the world’s cities, including by proposing measures such as improved street lighting and female-only modes of transportation.

Ban taps UNICEF research director for violence against children post

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Marta Santos Pais of Portugal, who has over 25 years of experience working on human rights issues, as his Special Representative on Violence Against Children, his spokesperson announced today.