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Alejandra Mora Mora is a Costa Rican jurist, feminist, researcher, academic and politician recognized for her activism on the human rights of women and girls. Former Minister for Women in Costa Rica, as well as former Ombudsperson, she has held the position of Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) at the Organization of American States (OAS) since 2019. In this interview for UN Women, Mora Mora explains how the Inter-American Model Law to Prevent, Sanction and Eradicate Violent Death of Women on Gender Reasons can be used as a tool to advance the prevention and response to violence against women and why all the states need to strengthen their understanding of the roots of femicide and design policies that specifically tackle them.
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Ekaterine Skhiladze was appointed as a deputy public defender of Georgia in June 2016. Since 2007, she has been actively involved in processes aimed at protecting women's rights and gender equality in Georgia. In this interview, Skhiladze speaks to UN Women about how Georgia has paved the way in establishing a femicide watch in the country.
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Government and civil society representatives, women's rights advocates, feminists, and academia across the UNECE region joined the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development side event “One femicide watch in every country to end the shadow pandemic,” organized by the Government of Spain and UN Women, to shed light on experiences and best practices on the establishment of femicide watches.
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Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan will identify potential Responsible Parties that will build capacity of a CSO on requirements for grant-making procedures and provide technical support to develop strategies for resource mobilization and use of alternative funding mechanisms.
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20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women co-organises a global meeting in Istanbul to get political commitment for active measures to end violence against women and girls.
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Spotlight is on prevention as landmarks across Istanbul turn orange in response to the worldwide call to action of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.
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This year, to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world, the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign aims to “Orange the world.” During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December, “Orange Events” will take place around the world including in Europe and Central Asia.
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In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.