In fight against domestic violence in Zimbabwe, UN enlists traditional chiefs

Hundreds of traditional leaders across Zimbabwe are being trained to help fight domestic abuse in their communities under a United Nations-backed initiative launched in cooperation with the Government and women lawyers in the Central African country.

Countries making strides to stop interpersonal violence and its effects – UN study

A new study by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) showed that worldwide, countries are scaling up efforts to halt interpersonal violence and its health consequences.

UN declares 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday, as International Day of Non-Violence

The United Nations General Assembly today decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence each year on 2 October – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

UN marks 10th anniversary of fund to end violence against women with call for action

Senior United Nations officials today marked the tenth anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women with praise for its accomplishments and a call for more action.

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.