Violence against women

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Global & Regional Estimates of Violence against Women

World Health Organisation, 2013

By compiling and analysing all available data from studies designed to capture women’s experiences of different forms of violence, this report provides the first such summary of the violent life events that many women experience. It documents not only how widespread this problem is, but also how deeply women’s health is affected when they experience violence.

Violence against Women: A EU-wide survey

EU Fundamental Rights Agency, 2014

This report is based on interviews with 42,000 women across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU). It shows that violence against women, and specifically gender-based violence that disproportionately affects women, is an extensive human rights abuse that the EU cannot afford to overlook.

Why do some men use violence against women and what can we do to prevent it?

UNDP, UNFPA & UN Women 2013

The report presents the quantitative findings from the UN Multi-country Study in Asia and the Pacific, conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. It explores the prevalence of men’s use of violence against women in the survey sites, and shows what factors make men more or less likely to use violence.

Femicide: A Global Issue that demands action

Academic Council on the UN System, 2013

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2012, the Vienna Liaison Office of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) organized a one-day symposium on femicide. Member State representatives, social scientists, NGO representatives, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and feminist activists had the opportunity to speak about femicide and presented examples of best practice in fighting femicide. This publication is the result of this symposium.

Destined to fail: How violence against women is undoing development

Action Aid, 2010

In addition to being a gross abuse of human rights, as noted in various international and regional human rights instruments including CEDAW,38 violence against women and girls undermines the effectiveness of all international peace and development efforts. Violence against women and girls acts as a systematic barrier to women’s potential and ability to effect change in the world.

Global report on trafficking in persons

UNODC, 2012

This report provides information on offenders, victims and the trafficking flows of this crime throughout the world. According to the report, at least 136 different nationalities were trafficked and detected in 118 different countries…One of the most worrying trends is the increase of child victims.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence: What is the World Bank doing?

World Bank, 2013

SGBV is widely recognised as a development constraint that falls within the World Bank's mandate. This report is an effort to take stock of the experience of the World Bank in addressing SGBV, from 2008 to 2013, in order to capture lessons for engaging more strategically on this issue across the Bank portfolio.