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 United Nations Secretary-General's Campaign
to End Violence Against Women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
There is no blanket approach to fighting violence against women. Each nation must devise its own strategy. But there is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.


UNiTE brings together a host of UN offices and agencies to end violence against women:

The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP]

UNDP supports governments in the development of national strategies and development plans which are in line with international commitments on eliminating violence against women. Through multi-sectoral, targeted interventions, UNDP supports the capacity-building of policy makers, law enforcement agencies and communities to end gender-based violence. UNDP works on development of databases and sex-disaggregated data, so that there is necessary empirical evidence on gender-based violence to formulate accurate and targeted policy interventions. UNDP invests in counseling and legal services, mediation and rehabilitation, as well as micro-enterprise activities for survivors of gender-based violence. It also focuses on engaging men and boys as partners in the prevention of gender-based violence. By working with UN agencies and groups such as faith-based organizations, traditional leaders, civil society and the media, UNDP contributes to galvanizing action for ending gender-based violence. UNDP has produced the Human Development and Violence against Women study in Mexico, the joint Asia-Pacific regional programme of the UN System and its partners called “Partners for Prevention: Working with Boys and Men to Prevent Gender-Based Violence”, and the capacity-building project in Albania titled “Violence against women – no longer a family issue”.