On International Day, Ban leads UN call for action to end violence against women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a United Nations call on world leaders to “make good” on pledges they have made to end violence against women, a scourge that affects millions of women and girls worldwide.

UN launches initiative to highlight commitments to end violence against women and girls

The United Nations agency tasked with advancing gender equality today announced a new initiative that will spotlight countries’ commitments to end violence against women and girls, seeking bold action and leadership to galvanize efforts to end the pandemic.

Jordan must act to end violence against women, UN rights expert says

Jordan must take further steps to eradicate violence against women and ensure gender equality, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

Afghanistan has ‘long way to go’ in protecting women from violence – UN report

There is a long way to go before the rights of Afghan women are fully protected, says a United Nations report released today, noting that the Government has not yet succeeded in applying a two-year-old landmark law to the vast majority of cases of violence against women.

Mexico: Angélique Kidjo lauds efforts of UN-backed centre helping abused children

Internationally renowned singer Angélique Kidjo has lauded the efforts of a facility in Mexico City supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that provides medical, psychological and legal assistance to children who have suffered violence.

UN official welcomes Sudan’s pardon of journalists prosecuted for reporting on rape

The United Nations official spearheading efforts to combat sexual violence in times of conflict today welcomed a presidential pardon granted by the Sudanese authorities last week to local journalists prosecuted for reporting on cases of alleged rape.

Results of Tanzanian survey on violence against children spur call to action by UN

The United Nations has encouraged Tanzania to urgently address the problem of violence against children in the wake of a new Government-led survey in which almost three quarters of girls and boys said they had experienced physical violence before the age of 18 at the hands of an adult or an intimate partner.

Rapists, not reporters, must face criminal charges in Sudan, says UN envoy

A senior United Nations official today voiced her concern after a Sudanese court jailed a journalist for covering the case of an alleged rape of an activist by security forces, stressing that it is the perpetrators that must face criminal charges, not those reporting on such crimes.

UN envoy backs ‘World Day’ to stop violence against children

A global initiative to protect children from abuse and violence has received the support of the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue, who stressed that much more needs to be done to safeguard millions of young people around the world.

Venezuela: UN agency provides training to help combat sexual violence

A United Nations-backed project in Venezuela has trained dozens of government officials and security force members on how to prevent sexual and gender-based violence and provide better care and protection for victims.