Ending violence against women

Violence against women and girls is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. According to a 2013 global review of available data, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Eliminating such violence globally requires intensive efforts, which led world leaders to establish an online tool that increases opportunities to exchange experiences and strengthen knowledge to prevent and stop violence against women. The Global Database on Violence against Women provides easy access to comprehensive and up-to-date information on measures undertaken by United Nations Member States to address all forms of violence against women. Read More...

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"There is a role for leadership and legislators to make violence against women illegal and to punish offenders. Many countries already have appropriate laws in place, but they are not fully enforced. That has to change. States have a primary role to play in implementing current laws and conventions, and in introducing new legislations where it is lacking ” 

—Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director