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UN Secretary-General's database on violence against women

About the violence against women database

In 2006, the Secretary-General of the United Nations launched his in-depth study on all forms of violence against women. In response to the Secretary-General’s study, the General Assembly adopted resolution 61/143 of 19 December 2006, calling upon Member States and the United Nations system to intensify their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women.

Paragraph 19 of resolution 61/143:
Requests the Secretary-General to establish a coordinated database, containing data provided by States, in particular national statistical offices, including, where appropriate, through relevant United Nations entities and other relevant regional intergovernmental organizations, disaggregated by sex, age and other relevant information, on the extent, nature and consequences of all forms of violence against women, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes for, including best practices in, combating such violence.

The Secretary-General's database on violence against women was launched on 5 March 2009 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Flyer | Press Release | Database

Statement by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro
(Video, 5min)
Complete webcast of the official launch event
(Video, 1hr 17min)

UN Women functions as the secretariat of the database.

Please contact with any questions or feedback regarding the database and/or questionnaire.