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Lakshmi Puri – UN Women – Monday, 06 May (originally published 02 May)

A woman protesting over violence against women shouts slogans at the close of the National Meeting of Rural Women in Brasilia February 21, 2013. Image:Ueslei Marcelino/REUTERS

A woman protesting over violence against
women shouts slogans at the close of the National Meeting of Rural Women in Brasilia February 21, 2013. Image:Ueslei Marcelino/REUTERS

A big step was taken at the United Nations in March when governments adopted an historic agreement in the Commission on the Status of Women to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The agreement, which breaks new ground with its strong focus on prevention, protection of women’s rights and provision of services to survivors, sets a strong foundation for follow-up action and also for the future of international development.

By adopting the agreement, governments strongly condemn and declare zero tolerance on violence against women. They agree to prevent such violence by advancing women’s empowerment, gender equality, education and awareness-raising. To end impunity and prosecute perpetrators, governments agree to ensure women’s access to justice and criminalize violence against women and girls in all settings – at home, in the workplace, in schools and public spaces.

They also agree to provide critical services to survivors such as hotlines, legal aid, shelter, psycho-social counselling, and health services, including services for sexual and reproductive health . . .

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