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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:

United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]

UNFPA is committed to ending gender-based violence and has consistently advocated against violence against women and girls as a human rights violation. It aims to keep the issue in the spotlight as a major health and human rights concern, including in conflict situations, and to advocate for legislative reform. UNFPA promotes zero tolerance of all forms of violence against women and works for the eradication of traditional practices that are harmful to women’s reproductive and sexual health, such as female genital mutilation/ cutting. UNFPA supports training of medical professionals to address the health and psycho-social needs of women. Other strategies include strengthening advocacy in conjunction with UN partners and non-governmental organizations, advocating with parliamentarians and women’s networks and mobilizing communities to end gender-based violence. Recent media and advocacy initiatives include supporting a series of documentaries on gender-based violence to be aired first on BBC, and producing a special exhibit for global display entitled “CONGO/Women”.