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Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Progress

In 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

The campaign calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing this global pandemic.

UNiTE also works to engage men as part of the solution to end gender-based violence and since its launch in 2009, members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders have supported the work of women around the world to defy destructive stereotypes, embrace equality, and inspire men and boys everywhere to speak out against violence.

In countries around the world, a number of promising practices to prevent or respond to violence against women have been developed by States, NGOs and civil society organizations. These include: enacting clear policies and laws; establishing strong enforcement mechanisms; hiring effective and well-trained personnel; and involving many parts of government and the community.

Some examples of efforts by the UN and its partners to achieve progress in putting an end to violence against women and girls in all its forms are highlighted below.

Giving grants

The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is the only global multilateral fund exclusively dedicated to ending all forms of violence against women, and which harnesses the support of governments, corporations, individuals and foundations to encourage innovative responses to addressing the cause. Since it began operations in 1997, the Fund has awarded over $60 million in grants to 317 initiatives in 124 countries.

Influencing laws and policies

Mobilizing

UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, at a press conference to update on UNIFEM's "Say No to Violence Against Women" Campaign.

UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, at a press conference to update on UNIFEM's "Say No to Violence Against Women" Campaign.

Partnering