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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 High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR]

UNHCR is mandated by the UN to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugee and the resolution of refugee problems. Protection of forcibly displaced and returnee women and girls is both a core activity and a priority for the Office. UNHCR’s extensive field presence and work with the displaced in areas of conflict and countries of asylum and return is the first step to ensuring protection. Since 2001, UNHCR’s “Five Commitments to Refugee Women” have provided a framework for activities and programmes aimed at empowering refugee and returnee women. These relate to: women’s and girl’s participation in decision-making and food distribution; registration and documentation; tackling sexual and gender-based violence; and providing sanitary materials to women and girls. In 2004, the Office adopted and began implementing an age, gender, and diversity mainstreaming strategy throughout the organization. UNHCR has also developed a number of protection guidelines and programmes to specifically address sexual violence and the protection of women and girls.