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The United Nations Secretary-General’s Database on Violence Against Women provides information from the responses received from Member States to the Secretariat’s September 2008 questionnaire on violence against women, subsequent updates as well as some additional information as detailed here.

To review the database, click here.

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action, launched in November 2009, on ending violence against women and girls. It is presented by UNIFEM as a contribution to advance the objectives of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women through social mobilization. UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is the Spokesperson of Say NO.

To visit the  Say NO – UNite web site , click here.

“Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. These forms of violence are interrelated and affect women from before birth to old age. Some types of violence, such as trafficking, cross national boundaries.”

UNite to End Violence Against Women Fact Sheet (DPI/2546A, November 2009)


Pertaining to Women and Peace and Security

Resolution 1325 (S/RES/1325    2000)

Resolution 1820 (S/RES/1820   2008)

Resolution 1888 (S/RES/1888   2009)

Resolution 1889 (S/RES/1889   2009)

Resolution 1960 (S/RES/1960   2010)

Declaration on the Elimination of  Violence against Women 1993 UN General Assembly  (A/RES/48/104  23 February 1994)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2000 UN General Assembly  (A/RES/54/134 7 February 2000)



Media and Activists

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) Hosts UN Expert February 4, 2011

On February 4, 2011 Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, rounded out her U.S. fact finding tour with a roundtable discussion about sexual violence in the military. The discussion, hosted by Service Women’s Action Network, took place on Friday afternoon and was attended by advocates and survivors of MST. Read more here.

Actions and Events

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 25 through December 10 2010, the United Nations and countries around the world are celebrating 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This event was created by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), with the support of other activist groups. The dates for the event were chosen specifically to coincide with the following days; International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25th), International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (Nov. 29th), World AIDS Day (Dec. 1st), and International Human Rights Day (Dec 10th).

Each year there is a specific theme for the event. This year the theme is “Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women…militarism is [further] defined as an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence, aggression, or military interventions for settling disputes and enforcing economic and political interests.”