17 developing countries receive UN grants to battle violence against women

The United Nations Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women today announced grants totaling nearly $1 million to fight the scourge in war-affected countries across the globe, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Southern Sudan to Georgia and Honduras.

Violence creates huge economic cost for countries – WHO study

Violence exacts a huge financial toll above and beyond the physical and emotional devastation it causes, with violence-related injuries costing some countries more than 4 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP), a report issued today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reveals.

Broad coalition launches new global alliance to prevent violence – UN

Health Ministers from around the world are meeting today in Geneva to launch an initiative that would help prevent violence and reduce its adverse health and social consequences, the United Nations lead health agency said.

Violence against women must be given highest priority, UN agency says

Efforts to root out violence against women have run into stiffening resistance in many instances and the issue must now be given the highest priority on the global agenda, the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said today.

UN refugee agency launches new guidelines to combat violence against women

The United Nations refugee agency has launched revised guidelines for combating sexual and gender-based violence against displaced women and children in a bid to ensure better delivery of services and protection of those at risk.

WHO calls for urgent action on devastating impact of violence

The 192-member United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unanimously called for urgent action to stem the global public health impact of violence in view of its devastating effect on physical, mental and reproductive health and the vast amount of human and financial health resources required to respond to it.

New guide provides information on UN resources in preventing violence

To help local communities and national governments searching for solutions to prevent everyday violence, the United Nations has pulled together the unique expertise of its lead agencies in a practical, groundbreaking resource guide issued today.

States must make good on pledges to end violence against women, UN officials say

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, senior United Nations officials today called on governments to translate promises into action in order to stem the scourge.

UN missions plan campaigns aimed at fighting violence against women

United Nations missions in East Timor and Sierra Leone have announced plans to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – marked on 25 November – with extended campaigns to raise awareness about the issue.

UN health agency urges action to halt violence against women

Nearly half the women who die due to homicide are killed by their current or former husband or boyfriend, according to a new report by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which is urging governments to take action to reduce domestic violence.