Global VAW News

Cecilia Tembe and Achia Camal Mulima Anaíva, who direct Nhamai and  LeMuSiCa’s shelter programmes respectively, will join nearly 1,500 advocates and service providers at the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters in Washington DC, hosted by the National Network to End Violence against Women (NNEDV), from 27 February to 1 March. The conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to hear the voices of women like them, who are working to make a lasting difference, for individual women and their communities.

Join the conversation on Twitter (@SayNO_UNiTE and @NNEDV) starting 27 February using the hashtags #nnedv and #wcws and post your comments and questions on Facebook.

Read the full article on the Say No Unite To End Violence Against Women website.

Feb 6, 2012 is the 9th International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation has been recognized as a harmful practice and serious violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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Michelle Bachelet describes plans on six UN Women priorities, one of which is  "ending violence against women and girls".

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The United Nations (UN) is being urged to put pressure on governments around the world to act after figures reveal the prevalence of violence against women in countries as far apart as Britain and Nicaragua. The alarming Health Poverty Action figures highlight worrying trends in Nicaragua in particular, where there were 51 femicides in the first half of 2011. Read the full article in the UK Morning Star.

In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to create a new entity, UN Women, to speed up their progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide. This is a result of years of advocacy by the global women’s movement and negotiations between UN Member States. read more...