Violence Against Women | UN Women New Zealand

By: Un Women New Zealand  05-Apr-2012

Violence Against Women | UN Women New Zealand

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises. It has many manifestations — from the most universally prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence, to harmful practices, abuse during pregnancy, so-called honour killings and other types of femicide.

Violence against women and girls has far-reaching consequences, harming families and communities. For women and girls 16–44 years old, violence is a major cause of death and disability. In 1994, a World Bank study on ten selected risk factors facing girls and women in this age group, found rape and domestic violence more dangerous than cancer, motor vehicle accidents, war and malaria. Studies also reveal increasing links between violence against women and HIV and AIDS.

UN Women’s Trust Fund to end Violence against women provides grants to organisations and other agencies that work to prevent violence against women. UN Women New Zealand’s partner in the Marshall Islands, WUTMI, has been a recipient of this fund.

What UN Women NZ does to combat Violence against Women
Within New Zealand we participate in the White Ribbon Campaign that is co-ordinated by the Families Commission. We also support organisations working actively to eliminate violence against women , mainly through advocacy and submissions to the alternative CEDAW report.

Violence against women is a major issue in the Pacific. In the Solomon Islands 46% of women reported experiencing physical violence and 55% reported experiencing sexual violence during the years 2000-2010. The figures for Samoa are similar: 41% had experienced physical violence over the same period and 20% had experienced sexual violence.

UN Women Pacific administers the Pacific Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. UN Women NZ contributes to the portion allocated for violence against women projects in the Solomon Islands through our Walk for Women fundraising.


Contact Un Women New Zealand

Email

Print this page

Other news and updates from Un Women New Zealand

05-Apr-2012

Make A Donation | UN Women New Zealand

This is looking at empowering women market vendors at the Honiara market to become organised in order to have a voice in the management of the market. We welcome all donations in support of the work we are doing in the Pacific and for that which UNW New York does for women around the world. You can specify that you would like it to go towards the establishment of a new project in the Solomon Islands.


05-Apr-2012

Become A Member | UN Women New Zealand

You can join either our regional committees in Auckland or Christchurch or the National Committee based in Wellington and contribute towards the organisational work of UNW NZ. If an organisation, you can work within your organisation to further the goals of UNW NZ, which are the same as those of UNW New York. If an individual, you can participate directly in our activities, including fundraising, project work and advocacy.


05-Apr-2012

Millennium Development Goals | UN Women New Zealand

Gender equality is the third goal, but it is also integral to achieving all eight MDGs, from preventing the spread of HIV to sustaining the environment in the face of climate change. Gender equality is a key concern and we ensure that we contribute to sections of the CEDAW alternate report that is coordinated through the National Council of Women. Monitoring CEDAW compliance is an important way to check on progress with the MDGs.