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.

Montenegrin fathers urged to be role models against violence in new UN campaign

The United Nations refugee agency and its aid partners in Montenegro have enlisted popular local sports coaches to take part in a new public awareness campaign aimed at fathers that is part of broader worldwide efforts to stem sexual and physical violence against women.

UN agency applauds Security Council resolution on sexual violence during wars

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has welcomed the Security Council’s call for an immediate end to all acts of sexual violence against women and girls in conflict situations.

UN campaign to end violence against women backed by 10 more countries

Prime ministers and foreign ministers from 10 countries have signed on to the “Say NO to Violence against Women Campaign” – a move welcomed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is organizing the drive.

Perpetrators of violence against women must be held to account – UN official

Governments and other actors in positions of power and influence must make it a priority to bring perpetrators of violence against women to account, the top United Nations human rights official said today.

Time to turn commitment to ending gender-based violence into action – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today pressed for action to end gender-based violence, stressing that stopping the deadly scourge will free up the world’s women – a powerful weapon in the fight for peace, development and human rights.

Gandhi’s message of non-violence needed now more than ever – Ban Ki-moon

The message of Mahatma Gandhi, whose peaceful struggle helped birth an independent India and inspired countless people around the world, is needed now more than ever amid rising global tensions, intolerance and conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

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.