Over the past decade, violence against women has been “endemic in every country and culture”, according to a new study released by the UN health agency on Tuesday. More
Violence against women and girls is not only a fundamental human rights issue but also a “moral affront” against them and a “mark of shame” on all societies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling greater action by everyone around the world to root out the scourge. More
Dr Michael Pulch, EU Ambassador to Australia and UNIC Canberra Director Mr Christopher Woodthorpe call for action to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls and ask you to join the Spotlight Campaign
The European Union and the United Nations are embarking on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls – The Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative aims to place this issue in the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More
Canberra, 27 February 2017: The UN Special Rapporteur today presented her statement at a press conference at our office following her visit throughout Australia from 13 to 27 February 2017.
Read here: End of mission statement by Dubravka Simonovic (PDF)
Listen here: Interview with UNIC Canberra on Australian Visit ( Audio Only)
Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms Dubravka šimonović is seeking information in preparation of her country visit to Australia scheduled to take place from 13 to 24 February 2017.
The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Papua New Guinea this week as part of her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This would be the Executive Director’s first visit to the country. During her four-day visit, the focus will be on strengthening collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and civil society representatives, in order to accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country, with an emphasis on ending violence against women and girls.
Papua New Guinea ranks low in many global indicators on advancing gender equality and violence against women and girls is widespread, including in public spaces. A scoping study conducted by UN Women in 2014 found that more than 90 per cent of women and girls experienced some form of violence when accessing public transport.
On Saturday 25 June 2016 Manu Samoa and World Rugby partnered with UN Women Pacific to dedicate their international match against Tonga to raise awareness for ending violence against women. SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women. See their photo album here.
Launched in 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. For more information on the campaign.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Sexual violence is widely recognized as a deliberate strategy used to shred the fabric of society; to control and intimidate communities and to force people from their homes. It is rightly seen as a threat to international peace and security, a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, and a major impediment to post-conflict reconciliation and economic development.
This Council has played a significant role in ushering in this change, in particular through several landmark resolutions that confirm sexual violence as a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a constituent act of genocide.
The designation of 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is a further sign of heightened engagement and commitment.
Over the past decade, I have sought to do whatever I can to end sexual violence in conflict and uphold the rights of women and girls everywhere.