UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. Because the scale of these problems is often too great for states to confront alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. We do this in all regions of the world through our global programmes and network of field offices.

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Objectives with regard to VAW and Femicide

The UNODC Executive Director, Mrs. Ghada Waly, has been clear that the protection of women is a priority for the organization: "In each of our countries, societies and families, there is a mother, a daughter, a sister who needs us to defend her more than ever. We must fight for their rights in the midst of a global crisis that threatens to destroy the achievements of the past." 

UNODC offers specialized assistance in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice system responses to violence against women. The Office is currently assisting 18 countries, providing legislative and policy support and developing the capacity of criminal justice systems to more effectively prevent, investigate, prosecute and punish related crimes, to provide access to legal aid and to empower and protect victims, survivors and witnesses.






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