Category: Violence Against Women

Strengthening the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Mother and child, in a refugee camp in Chad’s Lac Region. The Department which deals with tackling sexual explotation mentioned it will work closely with Member States to conduct DNA tests to establish paternity and ensure recognition of the rights of mother and child. Photo: UNICEF/ Tremeau

Following his analysis of the report of the High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute of the United States as Special Coordinator on improving the Organization’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse, in […]

UN announces new approach to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation and abuse

Nancee Bright (Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict), Lisa Buttenheim (Department of Field Support), Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, and Christian Saunders (Department of Management), brief the media on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Underscoring that the United Nations should not be, in any way, associated with the vile and vicious crimes of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General António Guterres has outlined a new victim-centred approach to prevent and respond to such abuses committed by those serving under the UN flag. “Such acts of cruelty should never […]

Migrating children and women, suffer ‘sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention’ – UN agency

A migrant gestures from behind the bars of a cell at a detention centre in Libya, Tuesday 31 January. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

A senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the “world’s deadliest and most dangerous for children and women,” as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped. “Refugee […]

Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development, Ban says on World Day

Photo: Belinda Mason, Silent Tears

Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence. “Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies,” Secretary-General Ban said in […]

16 days of activism 2016

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by […]