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This report on ending violence against women (EVAW) aims to: guide future investments; prioritise approaches and activities; and provide a transparent and strategic framework for Pacific Women funding decisions. Key issues and recommendations from this report will be reflected in a single Roadmap Synthesis report – recognising the intersection between women’s economic empowerment, women and leadership and EVAW.
Keywords: women, violence, justice, health, response
SRHR/HIV linkages are bidirectional synergies in policy, programmes, and service delivery that support comprehensive sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of all people, including people living with HIV, within a framework of gender equality and human rights. These infographics highlight current guidance from WHO on key aspects of SRHR/HIV Linkages.
In this policy brief, we define the term “women” inclusively: according to sex assigned at birth, meaning those whose legal sex marker is female; and according to gender identity, meaning those who identify as women regardless of whether this identity is reflected in their legal or medical documents. In this policy brief, we define the term “women” inclusively: according to sex assigned at birth, meaning those whose legal sex marker is female; and according to gender identity, meaning those who identify as women regardless of whether this identity is reflected in their legal or medical documents.
The report offers a window through which to gauge the approach and methodology of the Independent Expert. There are key reflections responding to the mandate, particularly regarding the panorama of the situation, including the implementation of international instruments, with identification of good practices and gaps; awareness of the violence and discrimination issue, and linkage with root causes; dialogue, consultation and cooperation with States and other stakeholders; the identification of multiple, intersecting and aggravated forms of violence and discrimination; and support for international cooperation and related services to assist national efforts.
This study, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, seeks to analyze how the varying criminal justice systems in Thailand and Viet Nam respond to reported cases of rape and sexual assault, and to identify the key institutional factors associated with the disposition of cases in these countries. In doing so, the study aims to understand where and how attrition of sexual violence cases occurs and identify strategic entry points for strengthening the administration of justice in this area.
Adolescence is a key period where individuals of all gender identities form attitudes, opinions and beliefs – about themselves, about their sexuality and about their place in the world. It is a period when ideas about equality can become ingrained. The study emphasizes that a holistic approach to advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health must include both adolescent girls and boys. It highlights the need to engage adolescent boys and young men as allies to achieve gender equality and as supporters of women’s empowerment, as well as the importance of addressing the specific health and social development needs of boys themselves.
Keywords: HIV, STI, condom, sexual orientation, gender identity, violence, women, girls
The purpose of this report is to provide analysis of issues that have been identified in the official government report submitted to the CEDAW Committee in 2011, while also highlighting concerns that have been overseen and following up on developments over the years. The present report is a follow up report that focuses on the continued lack of implementation of existing laws and policy guidelines to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women in Afghanistan.
Keywords: women, gender equality, discrimination, violence
The review included 55 evaluated interventions, a survey of over 118 stakeholders working on the issue globally, over 50 in-depth interviews and field visits to Jakarta, Indonesia; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; and Seoul, Republic of Korea. The review found that there is an inconsistent understanding of the root causes of VAWG in public spaces. There is often a failure to see violence against women in the urban public space as part of a larger continuum of violence against women and girls, which limits cross-cutting and holistic solutions in addressing the causes of sexual violence. Nevertheless, there are certain promising approaches. The highly participatory and explicitly feminist interventions from the global UN Women Safe Cities programme, among others, show great promise in their inclusion of women from the community to take up leadership roles in the safe cities movement.
The publication of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations 'Putting women first: ethical and safety recommendations for research on domestic violence against women' provided researchers with a set of concrete actions and best practices for conducting survey research on violence against women (VAW) in a manner that was both ethical and safe. These recommendations have spawned additional publications highlighting ethical concerns in different aspects of research on VAW. Most recently, additional guidelines have been released focusing on general recommendations for conducting research on VAW, on primary prevention initiatives, on sexual violence in emergency settings, with perpetrators of sexual violence, and on violence against children. The recommendations and guidance have been useful for researchers and practitioners in the context of cross-sectional descriptive research.
Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu are postcolonial nations operating in a global arena in which human rights doctrine is widely accepted and promoted. The three countries constitutionally guarantee gender equality and have ratified the key instrument for promoting women’s rights globally: the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Keywords: human rights, gender, violence, women, girls