Ending violence against women


“Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development”

UN Women support the development, implementation and adoption of regional and national policies and strategies in line with international standards to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

Building on the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, we Work with other UN agencies, regional bodies and other key stakeholder to provide technical, policy advisory services and specialized training to decision makers and opinion leaders in order to develop and implement policies and strategies that prevent and respond to violence against women. We promote the rights and opportunities for the girl child through coordination within the UN system and through regional and/or national advocacy.

Engagement of men, traditional and religious leaders is also critical in order to achieve sustained change considering their role at household and community levels.