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Ending Violence Against Women

From Words to Action - Study of the Secretary-General

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Violence against women is a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights. It causes untold misery, cutting short lives and leaving countless women living in pain and fear in every country in the world. This study calls for efforts to eradicate violence against women to become a higher priority at the local, national and international level. The study identifies ways to close the gap between States’ obligations under international norms, standards and policies and their inadequate and inconsistent implementation at the national level.

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Promising practices and challenges for implementation

Good or promising practices have been developed by many States to meet their human rights obligations to address violence against women. Innovative work has been done by women’s NGOs in many countries, sometimes in collaboration with the State, to find dynamic approaches to ending violence against women in differing contexts. It remains, however, difficult to identify best practices on an international or global level because of the range of ways and the variety of contexts in which violence against women is manifested. The lack of sustained resources committed to this work, and especially to evaluating different initiatives, adds to the difficulty of generalizing about which approach works best. For this reason, this study uses the more qualified characterization of “promising” or “good” practice.

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