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Eliminating violence against women

Mar 04, 2009

Addressing Gender-based Violence outlines UNFPA’s strategy and action framework to raise awareness on the issue. The publication points out a number of approaches for securing women, including strengthening the role of male advocates at policy and community levels to foster a culture of non-violence.

UNFPA Strategy and Framework for Action

Publisher: UNFPA, 2009

Gender-based Violence can apply to women and men, girls and boys. The UNFPA focus remains on tackling violence against women and girls, since it is they who are overwhelmingly affected.

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This publication identifies priority areas for intensified action on gender-based violence (GBV): policy frameworks, data collection and analysis, focus on sexual and reproductive health, humanitarian responses, adolescents and youth, men and boys, faith-based networks, and vulnerable and marginalised populations.

Women and adolescent girls are not only at high risk and primary targets for GBV but also suffer exacerbated consequences as compared with what men endure.

They also suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and resulting deaths and higher risks of sexually transmitted infections and HIV — issues at the core of the UNFPA programming mandate.

Some of the approaches outlined in the publication include:

  • Increasing outreach and tailoring sensitisation efforts to adolescent boys and young men, including HIV prevention
  • Making schools safe spaces for girls by, among other things, preventing sexual harassment and harmful practices, exploitation and rape in or en route to school
  • Supporting education policies, life skills-based curricula reform and teacher training can help in transforming gender norms and eliminating violence against women
  • Launching public education and mobilisation campaigns by and for men opposed to violence against women, in collaboration with women’s groups, explicitly targeting male notions of entitlement that perpetuate GBV
  • Institutionalising sensitisation on violence against women and gender issues in the policies and training programmes of large-scale, formative male-dominated institutions such as the armed forces and the police

The publication is intended to provide a common platform and technical guidance for UNFPA at country, regional and global levels and effectively guide capacity-development initiatives, resources and partnerships.

The strategy also outlines UNFPA's comparative advantages, experience and leadership potential within the context of United Nations reform, and suggests opportunities for improving the efficacy of its programme implementation and technical support.

Source : UNFPA
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