UN Women in Action: Ending Violence against Women

UN Women helps countries pass laws, provide services and raise awareness to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. Recent work includes:

  • UN Women helped mobilize efforts in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to adopt bylaws to the Law on Prevention, Protection and Combatting Domestic Violence. These strengthen practices related to law enforcement, social protection and health, and make a gender-responsive approach to protecting and providing services to survivors mandatory. A new joint protocol for responding to survivors improves coordination across different services.
  • Moldova’s 16 Days campaign to end gender-based violence, organized with UN Women’s support, led to the country’s first public testimonies by survivors of violence. Across 11 districts, 144 mayors personally committed to end violence in their localities. From 25 November and 10 December, over 400 advocacy initiatives took place in more than 200 localities.
  • In Kosovo*, UN Women is supporting development of the National Strategy and Action Plan against Domestic Violence so that it is consistent with the Istanbul Convention. Three municipalities are piloting a programme providing comprehensive protection and care services, and encouraging judges and police to prioritize domestic violence cases.
  • UN Women aided the establishment in Georgia of four nationally funded shelters for survivors of domestic violence, the first of their kind in the country. It also assisted efforts to align national legislation with the Istanbul Convention, which led to laws that criminalize forced marriage and allow police to remove offenders from survivors’ homes.
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, strengthening of NGO Medica Zenica’s Institutional Networks for the Support of Victims/Witnesses has meant that those willing to testify in cases related to war crimes and war rape prosecutions are protected and given psychological support.
  • UN Women partners with Tajikistan's National Federation of Taekwondo and Kickboxing and the Wushu Federation to promote the Secretary-General's UNITE to End Violence against Women campaign. The Federations maintain a vibrant network of male leaders who speak out against gender inequality and violence at martial arts lessons and matches. This helps shift behaviours and has increased the number of women and girls in sports.

* Under UN Security Council resolution 1244 in all references.