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United to end the violence against women
. Ban Ki-moon
"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."
Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.


What We Do

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent violence against women. Through the campaign, the UN is also joining forces with individuals, civil society and Governments.

Some of the UN’s many efforts towards putting an end to violence against women in all its forms are highlighted below:

Influencing laws and policies

Enhancing information sharing

In March 2009, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro launched the Secretary-General’s database on violence against women, the first global “one-stop shop” for information on measures undertaken by UN Member States to address violence against women, as well as available data and statistics. It contains information on services for victims and survivors, and relevant data on capacity-building and awareness-raising activities for public officials, and on the prevalence of violence and the criminal justice sector response to it. The database can be accessed at http://webapps01.un.org/vawdatabase/home.action



Giving grants to stop violence against women and girls

The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local, national and regional efforts to end violence against women and girls. Since the Trust Fund began operation in 1997, it has delivered more than USD 78 million to 339 initiatives in 127 countries and territories.



Engaging men and boys

Reflecting the priority placed on ending violence against women and girls by Secretary-General Ban, his Network of Men Leaders – launched in November 2009 – supports the work of women around the world to defy destructive stereotypes, embrace equality, and inspire men and boys everywhere to speak out against violence.