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Feature stories on women and gender-based violence


Small arms: A disproportionate impact on women

Small arms: A disproportionate impact on women

Arms control is a human rights issue as small arms proliferation inhibits development and humanitarian efforts, says Dr. Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Research director of the NGO Small Arms Survey. Alvazzi says information is key to helping to prevent this violence.
Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

Investigators and prosecutors in Latin America now have a guide to assist in investigation and prosecution of femicide – the killing of women because they are women.
Ending Forced Marriage Worldwide

Ending Forced Marriage Worldwide

Forced marriage is a global problem, affecting both boys and girls and cutting across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: joining forces in the fight against sexual violence

Democratic Republic of the Congo: joining forces in the fight against sexual violence

Sylvie Vwiranda is a clinical psychologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Ituri district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Women’s rights in political transitions

Women’s rights in political transitions

A group of leading human rights advocates share their views on political transitions and women’s enjoyment of their rights in their respective countries at an event organized by the UN Human Rights Office.
Seeking justice for the victims of sexual violence from the armed conflict in Kosovo*

Seeking justice for the victims of sexual violence from the armed conflict in Kosovo*

A study commissioned by the UN Human Rights Stand-alone Office in Kosovo recommends a range of reparation measures for the victims of sexual violence committed during the armed conflict in Kosovo in the late 90’s.
Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices

Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices

One county in Liberia has succeeded in stopping Female Genital Mutilation practices by ensuring girls are not being pulled out of formal studies during the school year to attend ”bush schools".
A long way to go: progress in combatting violence against women in Afghanistan

A long way to go: progress in combatting violence against women in Afghanistan

The latest United Nations report on violence against women in Afghanistan describes renewed concerns that “conservative elements resistant to women’s rights are again gaining strength.”
Fighting widowhood practices that enable violence against women in Togo

Fighting widowhood practices that enable violence against women in Togo

A traditional leader’s commitment to promoting and protecting women’s rights in his community is changing widowhood customs across Togo.
Violence against women: a focus of the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival

Violence against women: a focus of the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival

The annual Human Rights Film Festival in Papua New Guinea focuses on violence against women as one of its themes in 2012.
Impunity for violence against women is a global concern

Impunity for violence against women is a global concern

Globally the prevalence of different manifestations of killings targeting women is increasing and a lack of accountability for such crimes remains a concern.
Promoting women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict situations

Promoting women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict situations

Access to justice, equal participation of women in peacebuilding, economic opportunities for women in post conflict situations and violence are some of the challenges faced by women in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Making “secret plans” to stop tribal fighting and end violence against women

Making “secret plans” to stop tribal fighting and end violence against women

After decades of tribal violence that engulfed the district of Kup, in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, three women mobilised their communities to stop tribal fighting.
Political transitions provide opportunities to promote women’s human rights

Political transitions provide opportunities to promote women’s human rights

Political transitions provide a unique opportunity to promote the human rights of women.
16 days of activism: fighting against sorcery related killings

16 days of activism: fighting against sorcery related killings

Monica Paulus, a human rights defender from Papua New Guinea, fights against sorcery related killing. “Women accused of sorcery are victims of extreme abuse and horrendous killings,” she says.
16 Days of Activism: 15 years of initiatives to end violence against women

16 Days of Activism: 15 years of initiatives to end violence against women

Since its creation in 1996, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has delivered more than USD 78 million to support 339 initiatives around the world.
16 Days of Activism: breaking the silence through awareness and outreach

16 Days of Activism: breaking the silence through awareness and outreach

Awareness campaigns, advocacy and outreach activities are the key to eliminate violence against women, in particular harmful traditional practices.
16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women

16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women

The 16 days of activism campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, calls for the elimination of violence against women and invites everyone to take action against it.

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Information Note
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Statement
Violence against women is never "deserved" but simply and totally unacceptable, the UN rights chief says for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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