Wednesday, March 11, 2009

UN Database on Violence Against Women

In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly called on the Secretary-General of the organization to establish a database on the nature and consequences of violence against women, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes to combat it.

The database was launched last week.

There are a number of ways to search the data:
  • Country pages
  • Advanced search (type of government or policy measure; form of violence; country/region; year; and keyword)
  • Good practices
Sources for the information include:
  • States parties' reports to human rights treaty bodies
  • Information provided by Member States in follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women (1995); for reports of the Secretary-General; and in statements made at the United Nations
  • Information available through relevant United Nations entities
UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, has more background on the justice system and violence against women in its recent report Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:28 pm


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