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10 essentials for addressing violence against women

March 09, 2017 at 5:46 PM

*From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse*

UN Women has published a package of essentials for addressing violence against women (2016).

It has also published a brochure on why funding matters.

The package includes three one-page briefs. The concise summaries are designed for use by advocates, programmers and policy makers.

Each brief includes principles, infographics, 10 essential strategies and international good practice examples on the topics below.

The 10 essentials for addressing violence against women identified by UN Women are:

  1. Comprehensive laws addressing violence against women in private and public spaces that not only provide for prosecution of offenders but also for protection of, support and reparations to survivors, as well as for prevention of violence
  2. Non-discriminatory laws which provide equal rights for women in marriage, divorce, property and child custody, thus enabling them to leave an abusive relationship
  3. National action plans with clear benchmarks, timelines and allocated resources to implement laws
  4. Access for all survivors of violence to immediate protection and quality support provided in a coordinated and integrated manner, including medical treatment and police interventions, social, psychological, legal assistance and safe accommodation
  5. Systematic training of service providers, especially the police, lawyers and judges, social workers and health personnel to ensure that they follow quality standards and protocols
  6. Prevention interventions to address gender inequality and the social norms that condone violence against women, through awareness-raising, community mobilization, educational programmes and programmes that aim at the social, economic and political empowerment of women, including their right to the city (e.g. access to education, employment, leisure, politics)
  7. Systematic collection and analysis of data on the magnitude, causes and consequences of violence against women, disaggregated by age, ethnicity, disability, place of occurrence, and other relevant characteristics, to inform laws, policies and programmes
  8. Monitoring and evaluation of the impact of laws, policies and programmes and analysis and dissemination of good practices
  9. Allocation of adequate resources and coordination among different sectors to ensure implementation of laws, policies and programmes
  10. Integration of actions to end violence against women into broader policies such as poverty reduction, housing, education, gender responsive planning, and development policies at all levels

The package also includes 10 essentials for prevention of violence against women and 10 essentials for service provision to survivors of violence against women.

The final brief, Ending violence against women key reference documents, lists resources developed by UN Women and global partners to end violence against women and girls.

UN Women has also published Why money matters in efforts to end violence against women and girls. The brochure "provides analysis of why money matters in ending violence against women and girls, describes the current funding shortfall and challenges in funding landscape, provides information on what it costs to effectively support efforts to end violence against women and girls using regionally-balanced data, and aims to demonstrate the value of investing in efforts to end violence against women and girls by providing examples of impact from the work of UN Women, grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, and other civil society organizations."

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