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Press Release: As global mobilization against sexual harassment rises, UN Women urges robust action to ensure lives free from violence for women and girls

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), hundreds of events worldwide, led by UN Women and partners, will bolster efforts to end a pandemic that impacts one in three women globally. From marches, flashmobs and concerts, to football and rugby games, events will be organized and iconic buildings lit up in orange to galvanize attention during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December). More

Reversing the tide of rising violence against women in Liberia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Liberia is grappling with rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. Children as young as six are being raped, with devastating impact on their health and wellbeing. Little Decontee from Nimba County was returning from the farm when a 22-year old male relative raped her. More

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign opening in Ethiopia. 25 November – 10 December 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

The United Nations in Ethiopia commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence on the 25 th November 2015. The UN Resident Coordinator for Ethiopia, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie opened the kicking-off ceremony of 16 Days of Activism campaign in the country, in parallel to the orange lighting of the permanent headquarters for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with... More

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Saturday, November 21, 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

In Tanzania, a caravan of activists visits five regions over eight days on a journey to end violence against women

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we feature the efforts of Tanzanian activists who travelled by bus across the country, giving workshops, performances and urging people to raise awareness around violence against women and harmful traditional practices. More

Q&A about the efforts of Kumbukani Mwanyongo to confront child marriage in Malawi

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls' rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. More

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