A Framework to Underpin Action to Prevent Violence Against Women

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Publisher/Author: UN Women

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Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious human rights violations, both a cause and consequence of gender inequality and discrimination. Its continued presence is one of the clearest markers of societies out of balance; the rise of voices that condemn it as unacceptable is a signal for hope of change, and an entry point for work to prevent it.

The focus of this framework is prevention: the steps that, through concerted action, we can take to tackle the underlying structures that still permit early marriage, female genital mutilation, the turning of a blind eye to domestic violence, the impunity of rapists, the vulnerability of a teenager reading abusive texts in her bedroom, the discriminatory and hostile attitude of service providers, including in police stations or courtrooms to women’s testimony of violence experienced.


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