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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 Children's Fund [UNICEF]

UNICEF is committed to the protection, empowerment and promotion of women and girls and recognizes that women’s rights are fundamental for the fulfillment of children’s rights. UNICEF works on gender-based violence through prevention, protection, and recovery and reintegration. Working in areas of armed conflict where girls and women are specially vulnerable to sexual violence, activities include capacity building, with emphasis on the training of police, judiciary and teachers, as well as women and girls themselves. UNICEF works for the elimination of all harmful traditional practices, including female genital mutilation/ cutting and early marriages, supporting community-based interventions and working to institute change through legislative reform. It provides support for the implementation of all of the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s Study of Violence against Children, with special focus on gender-based violence, and has produced the publication From Invisible to Indivisible: Promoting and Protecting the Right of the Girl Child to Be Free from Violence.