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International Women's Day 2020 - resources and national action plans addressing violence against women

March 13, 2020 at 3:10 PM

From the NZFVC

The theme for International Women's Day (IWD) 2020 (celebrated on 8 March globally) is Creating an Equal and Enabled world. This article highlights recent resources on addressing violence against women, including national action plans.

Resources and reports

A new report Women's Rights in Review: 25 years after Beijing (UN Women, 2020) takes stock of how the landmark gender equality plan, the Beijing Platform for Action, is being implemented. UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said “The review of women’s rights shows that despite some progress, no country has achieved gender equality.” UN Women has also describe an envisioned Equiterra, where gender equality is real.

A New Era for Girls: Taking stock of 25 years of progress (2020) has been produced by UNICEF, Plan International and UN Women. It finds that while girls born today are expected to live eight years longer, we are still far from the vision of gender equality set out in 1995. This report highlights the critical issues of making sure girls have access to 12 years of education and the skills they need for the workforce; ending gender-based violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM); and improving girls’ health and nutrition.

UN Women has also published The Big conversation: Handbook to address violence against women in and through the media (2019). The Handbook provides guidance to the United Nations and others working with media organisations to advance gender equality and prevent violence against women and girls. It includes guidance on (1) strengthening the enabling environment; (2) promoting positive institutional approaches; and (3) engaging with media for changing social norms.

National Action Plans

UN Women provides the following guidance and resources on developing national action plans:

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