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The Spotlight Initiative | EU and UN

Web stream of conference on EU and UN embarking on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - the Spotlight Initiative.
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Oct 6, 2017
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The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched a new global Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls on 20 September 2017 at the margin of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. The initiative is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a particular focus on women's rights and empowerment.

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Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence | UNODC, UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP, WHO

provides concrete guidance for health, social, police and justice services, as well as to overall governance and coordination, based on internationally agreed standards.
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Jun 30, 2017
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This package is being piloted in ten low- to middle-income countries in Asia-Pacific and other regions. It represents a key tool for countries seeking to meet their international commitments to tackle violence against women and girls, including under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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UN Trust Fund End VAW 2016 Annual Report | UN Women

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women’s (UN Trust Fund) 2016 Annual Report includes progress and milestones from the past year. In 2016, UN Trust Fund grantees reached 6 million people with their programmes.
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Jan 1, 2017

Last year, the UN Trust Fund celebrated its 20th Anniversary. During those years, the UN Trust Fund has supported 462 initiatives in 139 countries and territories with grants totaling US$129 million. The amount awarded in grants has risen from US$1 million in 1997 to US$13 million in 2016.

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Femicide, A Global Issue that Demands Action, Volume 7: Establishing a Femicide Watch in Every Country

The latest Femicide Report presented at the 2017 Crime Commission meeting on national Femicide Watches and data collection
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May 23, 2017
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Unless there is accurate and comparable data collection on a given crime, there will be no proper understanding of it and no effective strategy with which to combat it. Having clear data helps law makers and government officials win the public’s support for tackling it through targeted prevention and investigation resources. Femicide has been defined as murder of a woman by an intimate partner or family members and the targeting of women by criminal gangs or as a weapon of war. It has been universally recognised as a crime.

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Side events 26th session of the CCPCJ May 2017

Including the two major side-events organized by ACUNS Vienna on the issue of femicide
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May 23, 2017
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1. Collection of data on gender related killing of women and girls - promising practices: Organized by the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Slovakia and Spain, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, the UNODC Research and Analysis Branch, Women Against Violence Europe, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Women’s Aid Ireland, Coalition to stop violence against women and the Spanish Civil Society Observatory.

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First-ever report on femicide (2012) of the UN SRVAW Rashida Manjoo

First thematic report of the UN Special Rapporteur on VAW, which address the topic of gender-related killing of women and girls (femicide).
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May 23, 2012
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This thematic report addresses the topic of gender-related killings of women. Rather than a new form of violence, gender-related killings are the extreme manifestation of existing forms of violence against women. Such killings are not isolated incidents that arise suddenly and unexpectedly, but represent the ultimate act of violence which is experienced in a continuum of violence. Women subjected to continuous
violence and living under conditions of gender-based discrimination and threat are always on ―death row, always in fear of execution‖.

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UN General Assembly 2015 Resolution on femicide

GA Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 17 December 2015 on the report of the Third Committee (A/70/490) 70/176. Taking action against gender-related killing of women and girls
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Dec 15, 2015
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What do we mean by Femicide?

FEMICIDE The Killing of Women and Girls Around the World

The key definitions and types of femicide, summarized from the ACUNS Femicide Report Volume 1
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The key definitions and types of femicide, summarized from the ACUNS Femicide Report Volume 1.

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UNODC: Global Study on Homicide

The Global Study on Homicide 2013 seeks to shed light on the worst of crimes - the "unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person."
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In 2012, intentional homicide took the lives of almost half a million people. The study of intentional homicide is relevant not only because it is the study of the ultimate crime, whose ripple effect goes far beyond the initial loss of human life, but because lethal violence can create a climate of fear and uncertainty. Intentional homicide also victimizes the family and community of the victim, who can be considered secondary victims, and when justice is not served, impunity can lead to further victimization in the form of the denial of the basic human right to justice.

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UN Special Rapporteur on VAW Simonovic: Call for submissions on protection orders and shelters

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences seeks to collect information on shelters and protection orders which will feed into the thematic report she will present at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in Ju
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Jan 1, 2017
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Protection orders and shelters are extremely important for the protection of women, their sense of safety, their ability to overcome the effects of abuse and planning for the future. 

In order to inform her work, the Special Rapporteur wishes to secure from different stakeholders, including States, National Human Rights Institutions, Non-governmental organizations, as well as members of academia, information, inputs and views on both forms of protection:

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WHO Global Plan of Action: Health systems address violence against women and girls

This is a popular version of the violence against women and girls section of "The global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and
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May 1, 2015
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World Health Assembly, Resolution 69.5, May 2016
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2017 Statement by the UN SRVAW at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)

UN Special Rapporteur on VAW Simonovic reports on activities and next thematic reports: shelters, protection orders
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Mar 24, 2017
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New York, 13-24 March 2017

Chairperson, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,  Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to address you today, as Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, and to continue to contribute to the discussions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, and its review theme, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development goals for women and girls” and to report on my mandate’s work.

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