Ending Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. It has many forms, including domestic or intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual violence in conflict and gender-related killing. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death.

Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, such as greater healthcare and legal expenses and losses in productivity, to impacting national budgets and overall development.

UN Women is making a difference by:

Expanding access to care: In partnership with UNFPA and other UN agencies, it has developed the Essential Services program, which includes keeping women and girls safe, providing healthcare for their injuries, responding to their sexual and reproductive health needs,  and facilitating their access to the police and justice system.



Providing safety in public spaces: To address sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces, UN Women, in partnership with UN-Habitat and UNICEF, implements the Safe Cities Initiative in more than 20 cities. The goal is to reach 35 cities by 2017. New York is a safe city.

Education for prevention: Putting young people at the heart of prevention efforts, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have developed a non-formal curriculum to end violence against women and girls.

Improving knowledge and evidence: The Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls features detailed guidance on how to implement laws, policies and program with access to promising practices, case studies and recommended programming tools from around the world.

To learn more about what UN Women is doing to end violence against women and girls see the 2016 annual report.