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Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children
    http://www.unicef.org ]
    Languages: English
    Interpersonal violence – in all its forms – has a grave effect on children: Violence undermines children's future potential; damages their physical, psychological and emotional well-being; and in many cases, ends their lives. The report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries. Where relevant, data are disaggregated by age and sex, to provide insights into risk and protective factors.

    UNICEF, 2014

  • Ending child labour in domestic work and protecting young workers from abusive working conditions
    http://www.ilo.org ]
    Languages: English
    An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people's homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls. According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly. Within the framework of the two ILO fundamental conventions on child labour and the recently adopted instruments on decent work for domestic workers, this new report sets the scene for a better understanding of child labour in domestic work. 

    ILO, 2013

  • Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America (2013)
    http://www.unwomen.org ]
    Languages: English
    This inter-agency study highlights that the forms and nature of violence that women and girls experience are shaped and influenced by the often multiple forms of discrimination they face. They can be based on factors such as age, ethnicity, geographic location, or disability, and intersect with gender inequality and discrimination. In the case of indigenous girls, adolescents and young women, the broader contexts of discrimination against indigenous peoples such as colonial domination, continued discrimination, limited access to social services, dispossession from ancestral lands and militarization issues increase their vulnerability to violence and limit their ability to seek protection and recourse.

  • Working with Gender Based Violence Survivors (2012)
    http://www.unrwa.org ]
    Languages: Arabic | English
    The manual (Arabic and English) is a reference to build UNRWA frontline staff capacity to address gender based violence. It has 8 units that define concepts, approaches, and international standards for addressing gender based violence. It introduces counseling and defines the interventions for health care providers, educators and social workers.
    Country focus: Jordan, Lebanon, the oPt, and Syria.

  • Say NO – UNiTE quiz on violence against women
    http://saynotoviolence.org/quiz ]
    Languages:   English  |  French  |  Spanish
    Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, UN Women’s social mobilization platform contributing towards the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE campaign, launched an online quiz on violence against women. Test your knowledge and have your score count towards Say NO's global action counter.

  • Delivering as One on Gender-Based Violence: Meeting Report
    http://www.unfpa.org/ ]
    Languages:  English
    This report summarizes the proceedings and recommendations of the November 2010 global consultation on violence against women that brought together various stakeholders, including United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and representatives of the 10 pilot countries selected under the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. UNFPA, 2011

  • The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women: Annual Report 2010
    http://www.unwomen.org/ ]
    Languages:  English
    The 2010 Annual Report of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) highlights innovative programmes and promising practices in the field of ending violence against women and girls. Results described in this report focus on the UN Trust Fund’s investments in three priority areas: prevention, expanding access to survivor services, and strengthening implementation of laws, policies and action plans. UN Women, 2011

  • Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: Taking action and generating evidence
    http://www.who.int ]
    Languages:   English
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new publication titled "Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women: taking action and generating evidence". This document aims to provide sufficient information for policy-makers and planners to develop data-driven and evidence-based programmes for preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women. The publication is available full-text through the WHO website.

  • What kind of State? What kind of equality?
    http://www.eclac.cl ]
    Languages:   English  |  French  |  Portuguese |  Spanish
    The document "What kind of State? What kind of equality?" analyses the progress of gender equality in the region 15 years after the approval of the Beijing Platform for Action, 10 years after the drafting of the Millennium Development Goals and 3 years after the adoption of the Quito Consensus at the tenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in 2007. It also examines the achievements made and challenges faced by governments in light of the interaction between the State, the market and families as social institutions built on the foundation of policies, laws, and customs and habits which, together, establish the conditions for renewing or perpetuating gender and social hierarchies.

  • Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls
    http://www.endvawnow.org/ ]
    Languages:   English  |  French  |  Spanish
    A one-stop online centre that encourages and supports evidence-based programming to more efficiently and effectively design, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. The website offers leading tools and evidence on what works, drawing on expert recommendations, policy and programme evaluations and assessments, and practitioners’ experiences from around the world.
  • Measuring violence against women
    http://unstats.un.org/ ]
    Languages:   English
    2009 Meeting on statistical indicators to measure violence against women organized by DESA’s Statistics Division with the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía of Mexico (INEGI).

  • Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women
    http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/ ]
    Languages:   English
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by launching a Network of Men Leaders, a major new initiative bringing together current and former politicians, activists, religious and community figures to combat the global pandemic. UNiTE to End Violence against Women, November 2009

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