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In-depth Study on All Forms of Violence Against Women: Report of the Secretary General

Publisher: United Nations
Publication Date: Jul 2006
In 2003, the General Assembly mandated - for the first time - the preparation of an in-depth study on all forms of violence against women (VAW). The study aims to highlight the persistence and unacceptability of all forms of VAW in all parts of the world; strengthen the political commitment of all stakeholders to eliminate VAW; and identify ways to ensure more effective implementation of State obligations to address VAW. Examples are given of promising practices in the areas of law, service provision and prevention, including: mandatory gender-sensitivity training of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges; integration of victim service centres within the health-care system; and advocacy campaigns to convey the unacceptability of violence. Gaps in the availability of data are also highlighted. The report puts forward a blueprint for action by all stakeholders at the national and international levels to make measurable progress in eliminating VAW. At the national level, governments should ensure that women know their rights and are empowered to demand and exercise them; at the international level, it is recommended that intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly considers annually the question of violence against women, and that the capacity of UN country teams to deal with VAW be strengthened.
In 2003, the General Assembly mandated - for the first time - the preparation of an in-depth study on all forms of violence against women (VAW). The study aims to highlight the persistence and unacceptability of all forms of VAW in all parts of the world; strengthen the political commitment of all stakeholders to eliminate VAW; and identify ways to ensure more effective implementation of State obligations to address VAW. Examples are given of promising practices in the areas of law, service provision and prevention, including: mandatory gender-sensitivity training of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges; integration of victim service centres within the health-care system; and advocacy campaigns to convey the unacceptability of violence. Gaps in the availability of data are also highlighted. The report puts forward a blueprint for action by all stakeholders at the national and international levels to make measurable progress in eliminating VAW. At the national level, governments should ensure that women know their rights and are empowered to demand and exercise them; at the international level, it is recommended that intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly considers annually the question of violence against women, and that the capacity of UN country teams to deal with VAW be strengthened.