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Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

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A world free from violence against all women and girls can only be realised through meaningful and ongoing political commitment by national governments, backed by action and adequate resources.

No country is immune from violence against women and girls, or exempt from the responsibility to put an end to it.

However, many countries lack, or have failed to implement, effective national laws or national action plans to end violence against women and girls. In many States there are no specific legal provisions against domestic violence and marital rape is not a prosecutable offence in more than 50 countries. Laws can often contain loopholes that allow perpetrators to act with impunity. A lack of national data and statistics on violence against women and girls is also a major obstacle to developing measures to address the problem successfully.

Young girl in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami.

Young girl in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami.

The Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign is therefore supporting governments and civil society partners to develop and implement national laws, action plans, and systems for data collection and analysis. The campaign also aims to address the widespread use of sexual violence as a tactic of armed conflict.

To further engage men and boys, UNiTE aims to expand the Network of Men Leaders by 2015 to include hundreds of dedicated individuals from all walks of life and parts of the world.

One of the key targets of the UNiTE campaign is to increase funding for the UN Trust to End Violence against Women. Resources for the Fund fall drastically short, meeting only 4 percent of the vast demand. To address this funding gap, UNiTE aims to raise $100 million by 2015 for the annual grant giving by the UN Trust Fund.