Violence Against Women – International
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign – an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates of November 25 ~ International Day Against Violence Against Women ~ and December 10 ~ International Human Rights Day ~ in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The 16 Days Campaign has been used an as organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by: raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels; strengthening local work around violence against women; establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women; providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies; demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women; and creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.
#SeeTheSigns social media campaign
Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, November 19, 2013
Take Action Toolkit, 2013
Action India – our feminist approach has evolved through interaction with grassroots women in
Delhi’s “resettlement colonies.” We work with these communities to develop knowledge about reproductive health, nutrition, women’s legal rights, and conflict resolution through the dissemination of information and trainings. We organize grassroots groups to campaign for women’s rights. And we conduct policy-level advocacy to promote national and international laws that protect the rights of women, youth, and children, New Delhi, IN.
The African Women's Development and Communication Network – seeks to facilitate and coordinate the sharing of experiences, ideas,
information, and strategies for human rights promotion among African women's
organisations through networking, communication, capacity-building and advocacy
at the regional and international levels, Nairobi, KE.
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters – a province-wide, voluntary organization supporting women's shelters and their partners through education, research and services for the benefit of abused women and their children, Edmonton, CA.
Alternativas Pacificas A.C., Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MX.
Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center 1-866-USWOMEN (1-866-879-6636) – an international domestic violence crisis
line that can be reached internationally toll-free from 175 countries. Contact the toll-free crisis line from oversees, by dialing your AT&T USADirect access number and at the prompt, entering 866-USWOMEN (879-6636). Click to find your AT&T USADirect access number. The center serves abused Americans, mostly women and children, in both civilian and military populations overseas. The
crisis line operates 24 hours a day, 6 days a week and is closed from 1 pm Saturday until 1 pm Sunday, PT. Callers in the United States and Canada dial the toll-free number directly, Portland, OR.
ASSIWAR – the feminist Arab movement to support victims of sexual abuse.
Association for Women’s Rights in Development – an international membership organization connecting, informing and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights. Our goal is to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. We do this by facilitating ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of those working for women's empowerment and social justice.
The Australian Government Office for Women – the Minister for the Status of Women has called on men and women to start a new conversation about equality and identified three priority areas to support this vision: 1) reducing violence against women and children; 2) improving women's economic independence and financial security; and 3) promoting women's equality and leadership in all aspects of society.
Breakthrough – an innovative, international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, leadership development and community education to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity. Through initiatives in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV / AIDS, racial justice, and immigrant rights, New York, NY.
Caribbean Crisis Centres and Agencies Working to Eradicate Violence Against Women – a listing of some of the organisations and agencies in the Caribbean which deal with issues of gender based violence, including domestic violence.
Casa Amiga Centro de Crisis A.C., Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, MX.
Centro de Integral y Atención a la Mujer – asociación civil atendemos a mujeres que viven violencia familar y a las que han sido victímas de violencia sexual: acompañamiento a denunciar ante el Ministerio Público; asesoría legal, juridica y seguimiento de casos; terapia psicológica, individual, y grupal para quienes viven violencia; asistencia médica, ginecológica y de saluda reproductiva; intervención de crisis por violación sexual; intervención por abuso sexual infantile, Cancún, Quintana Roo, MX.
Centro de Orientación y Prevención de la Agresión Sexual, A.C., Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX.
Centro Mujeres – is a community health organization dedicated to fostering the empowerment and well-being of women and adolescents. We provide community health and leadership training services, using a participatory approach, and advocate for domestic policy changes in Mexico that will positively impact women as individuals and society, as a whole, in the interest of promoting social justice for all peoples. At Centro Mujeres, we strive to integrate our direct-service work in the community with our work on regional, national and international levels, La Paz, Baja California Sur.
Commission on the Status of Women – a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide, New York, NY.
57th Session, March 4-15, 2013
In Focus: CSW57 ~ Stop Violence Against Women, March 4-15, 2013
Opening Statement of Michelle Bachelet at CWW57: "Time for action: Prevent and end violence against women and girls", March 4, 2013
UN Commission on the Status of Women 57 Draft Agreed Conclusions, March 15, 2013
58th Session, March 10-21, 2014
59th Session, March 9-20, 2015
Communications X-Change – an online library of materials contributed by organizations and individuals around the world who are working to end violence against women and children. A wide assortment of international content includes flyers, posters, videos, brochures, educational materials and more, all of which you can view and download free of charge. The project has been developed by Futures Without Violence with support from the Avon Foundation for Women, and benefited from the contributions of organizations and experts from around the world.
Comunicación e Información de la Mujer, México, Distrito Federal.
Domestic Violence Laws of the World, Harvard Law School – links to domestic violence laws in 30 countries, Cambridge, MA.
End Violence Against Women Coalition – represents 7 million individuals and organisations across the UK who believe we can and must create a world free from the threat and reality of violence against women and girls, London, UK. See Ending Victimisation & Blame ~ a campaign to challenge the institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse.
Equality Now – works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses. Through its Women's Action Network of concerned groups and individuals around the world, Equality Now: distributes information about human rights violations; takes action to protest these violations; and brings public attention to human rights violations against women.
Female Genital Cutting Education and Networking Project – disseminates on-line and offline materials related to female genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. The Project seeks to form an online clearinghouse and a community for researchers, activists, attorneys, and health care practitioners to obtain information and network with others involved in similar projects, Tampa, FL.
GBV Prevention Network – we are a vibrant network of activists and organizations working to prevent violence against women (VAW), united in our mission to uphold equality in our homes and communities. The Network is over 500 members strong, working in 18 different countries in the Horn, East and Southern Africa to build a just and violence-free world for women. We are dedicated organizations, individuals, academics, and activists. We come from rural and urban areas, community-based organizations, academic institutions and more. We are both women and men from all walks of life. We are people who believe that violence is an injustice and that we have the power and responsibility to prevent it! The GBV Prevention Network works to increase momentum for VAW prevention by strengthening analysis, building connections and taking action to prevent VAW, Kampala, UG.
Gender-based Violence Prevention and Masculinities Research Project, Sexual Violence Research Initiative – undertaking cutting-edge research to understand the root causes of violence against women and their relation to masculinities. Over 15,000 men and women are being surveyed in seven countries across Asia and the Pacific providing a comprehensive and holistic picture of the social structures, underlying norms, attitudes and behaviours related to the use of violence against women in different countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Genocide Intervention – aims to increase public awareness about genocide and support organizations, initiatives and government policies designed to help prevent and stop genocide. At this stage, the GIF will focus its fundraising on supporting African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan. The GIF will not make legal determinations of genocide; recognition and response to the threat of genocide will take precedence over legal debates.
Global Fund for Women – a grantmaking foundation supporting women’s human rights organizations around the world working to address critical issues such as gaining economic independence, increasing girls’ access to education and stopping violence against women, San Francisco, CA. Review the 25th Anniversary Timeline.
Global List of Women's Organisations
Global Network of Women's Shelters – the vision is an equal world where women and there children live free from violence. The mission is to unite the women's shelter movement globally to make change to end violence against women and their children. See 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters ~ Creating a United Voice.
Global Rights – working to create just societies founded on the principles of human rights, Washington, DC.
Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence – a group of non-profit organizations, Government Allies, and Community Individuals who want to stop sexual assault and family violence, Hagatna, GU.
Hot Peach Pages International Abuse Resource – an International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – a global inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women's organizations, searchable by country, along with an index of domestic violence resources in over 80 languages.
Huairou Commission – Women, Homes & Community (English, Español and Français) – believes that valuing and recognizing the knowledge of grassroots women and their community organizations must be central to all development processes. We work through organizing strategies to increase the power of grassroots women's organizations from local to global levels. Grassroots women's organizations use tools and methodologies to collect, strengthen and spread their community knowledge locally and globally. Most of the tools and methodologies have been developed by or adapted by the grassroots women's groups and NGOs in our networks, Brooklyn, NY.
Instituto de las Mujeres del Distrito Federal, México, Distrito Federal.
International Center for Research on Women – works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty. Our research evidence identifies women's contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women's human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive, Washington, DC.
International Women's Tribune Center – an international non-governmental organization established in 1976 following thee United Nations International Women's Year World Conference in Mexico City. With a commitment to empowering people and building communities, IWTC provides communication, information, education, and organizing support services to women's organizations and community groups working to improve the lives of women, particularly low-income women, in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Western Asia, New York, NY.
Kurdish Women's RIghts Watch – a network of Kurdish and non-Kurdish activists, lawyers and academic researchers. KWAHK aims to raise national and international awareness about the issue of violence against women in the Kurdish communities, in particular honour killing, both in Kurdistan and in the Diaspora.
MADRE (English and Español) – demanding human rights for women and families around the world, New York, NY.
Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children – a not-for-profit, community-based organization that works to ensure women, youth, and children live free from all forms of violence and the threat or fear of violence. We address the distinct realities of women within and among diverse communities. METRAC's programs seek to prevent and end all individual, institutional and systemic forms of violence. We work collaboratively with a broad range of partners to develop strategies to end violence against women and build safer communities for everyone, Toronto, ONT, CA.
Mujeres en Red – México, Chiapas, MX.
Mujeres Hoy ~ Violence Against Latin Women in the USA.
National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation – a volunteer operated non-profit organization located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America. We continue working to inform, educate and prevent violence and exploitation against women and children nationally and internationally. Whether human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual violence, stalking, bullying, hate crimes and all other forms of violence and exploitation against women and children, NWCAVE strives to keep the public informed and educated on how we can live in a more civilized society free of violence. In order to achieve our mission and objectives we collaborate with other organizations, businesses, the public and media to continue to inform, educate and help prevent violence and exploitation in our local communities and throughout the world, Vancouver, WA.
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse – the national centre for collating and disseminating information about domestic and family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, Christchurch, NZ.
Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State – works for the political, economic, and social empowerment of women, Washington, DC.
One Billion Rising, V-Day – one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atoricty. One billion women dancing is a revolution. See related OBR page.
One in Three Women – a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women, Seattle, WA.
OSKa –- National Women's Information Center Poland
Partners for Prevention – in 2008, four United Nations agencies — UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UN Volunteers — came together through the regional joint programme Partners for Prevention (P4P) to coordinate and strengthen efforts to prevent gender-based violence across Asia and the Pacific. Today, P4P is comprised of a team based in Bangkok, regional UN advisors in Bangkok and Bonn, and UN partners based in country offices around the region, including UN Volunteers. Our joint programme brings together the combined strengths of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV - and a wide array of partners - in a concerted effort to promote evidence- and theory-based approaches to prevention, including those that work with boys and men, alongside girls and women, to transform gender inequitable attitudes, practices and social norms, Bangkok, TH.
PeaceWomen Across the Globe – aims to strengthen the influence of PeaceWomen in all contexts of peace, security and sustainability – because peace is not simply the absence of war, Bern, CH.
Raising Voices – a nonprofit organization working toward the prevention of violence against women and children. Our work strives to influence the power dynamics shaping relationships between women and men, girls and boys by catalyzing social change in communities, rigorously studying and learning from the work we do, and sharing our experiences to shape the field, Kampala, UG.
Red Nacional de Refugios – tiene como misión coordinar, unificar y representar a los Refugios del país, principalmente a los de la sociedad civil. Busca impulsar y fortalecer a cada uno de estos centros en su labor de prevención, atención e interrupción del ciclo de la violencia de alto riesgo, con base en la equidad de género y la defensa de los derechos humanos, MX.
Refuge – A national lifeline for women and children experiencing domestic violence, UK.
Shelternet – Canada – making the links for abused women. Decreasing barriers and increasing access to abused women is the principle behind Shelternet. Women are reaching out to shelters through the World Wide Web, from their workplaces, home or public Internet terminals such as libraries and schools. Shelternet can help increase direct access to a local shelter, Toronto, ONT, CA.
Status of Women Canada – a federal government organization that promotes the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. SWC works to advance equality for women and to remove the barriers to women's participation in society, putting particular emphasis on increasing women's economic security and eliminating violence against women, Ottawa, ONT, CA.
Stop Violence Against Women – a forum for information, advocacy and change. The Advocates for Human Rights developed this website as a tool for the promotion of women’s human rights in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the former Soviet Union (FSU), Minneapolis, MN.
United Nations Foundation – when disaster strikes, the world turns to one organization for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: the United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilize peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as climate change, disease or poverty, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation. The United Nations is the one international organization with the reach and vision capable of solving global problems. The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations. The United Nations Foundation is honored to work with you and the United Nations to foster a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. Learn more about our mission, our relationship with the UN, as well as the campaigns and initiatives we’ve developed and sponsored to connect you to the UN’s work, New York, NY and Washington, DC. Read Blog.
UN WOMEN – in July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN Reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment: 1) Division for the Advancement of Women; 2) International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women; 3) Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women; and 4) United Nations Development Fund for Women, New York, NY.
Global Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls – an online resource in English, Español and Français, designed to serve the needs of policymakers, programme implementers and other practitioners dedicated to address violence against women and girls. The Centre is an initiative of United Nations Women, bringing together valuable contributions of expert organizations and individuals, governments, United Nations sister agencies, and a wide range of relevant actors. Part of the overall effort is encouraging shared ownership of the site and ongoing partnership-building for it continuous development and sustainability. See Campaigns.
SAY NO – UNiTE End Violence Against Women – launched in 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UNiTE to End Domestic Violence Against Women campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world.
U.S. Women Without Borders: Ending Violence Against Women & Girls Worldwide, Women’s Funding Network – a project to help stop violence against women. The Network wants a world where all women and girls are free from violence. We are working to build a voice of U.S. women equipped to influence our own foreign policy and media, particularly as it impacts violence against women and girls in other countries. We believe that when women and girls thrive, communities prosper. A key strategy for achieving community well-being is to address violence against women and girls. The website provides a place to learn about issues affecting women and girls, exchange opinions, facts and stories and find practical ways to make a difference, San Francisco, CA.
V-Day (English, Deutsch, Español and Français) – a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, New York, NY.
Violence on the Page: Symposium Compendium – the official blog of Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce at Prajnya Initiatives.
Violencia Contra la Mujer – tolerancia cero con la violencia de género.
Vital Voices – is a global partnership to support women's progress in building democracies, strong economies and peace. Our work focuses on three critical areas: expanding women's roles in politics and civil society; increasing women's successful entrepreneurship; and fighting trafficking in women and girls and other human rights abuses. Our mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities, Washington, DC.
Women & Equality Unit of the Government Equalities Office, Home Office – is responsible for promoting and realising the benefits of diversity in the economy and more widely. This includes taking forward proposals on civil partnerships and the future of our equality bodies. They develop policies relating to gender equality and ensure that work on equality across Government as a whole is coordinated, UK.
Women Against Violence Europe (W.A.V.E.) – a network of European women's non-governmental organizations working in the field of combating violence against women and children (women's refuges, counseling centers, SOS hotlines / helplines, organizations focusing on prevention and training, etc.). Currently the network focuses specifically on violence in the family and in intimate relationships.
Women Thrive Worldwide – advocates for international economic policies and human rights that support women worldwide in their actions to end poverty in their lives, communities and nations, Washington, DC.
women’s aid – the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. We work to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country, Bristol, UK.
Women’s Coalition of St. Croix – provides crisis intervention services and counseling for victims in both English and Spanish, we train volunteers as advocates for victims in crisis, provide a 24-hour, year-round advocate program to assist men, women, and children victims or rape, domestic violence and other violent crimes and conducts self-help support groups for women in the second state of crisis. They provide temporary safe housing, emergency aid, food and clothing to victims and their children, and sensitizes police, hospital and social service personnel to the needs of victims through specialized training seminars, Christiansted, VI.
Women's Environment & Development Organization – empowers women as decision makers to achieve economic, social and gender justice, a healthy, peaceful planet, and human rights for all. Through our programs on Economic and Social Justice, Gender and Governance and Sustainable Development, WEDO emphasizes women's critical role in social, economic and political spheres.
Women’s Fundraising Handbook, Global Fund for Women – explores key ideas about raising money to fund women’s rights work. It is especially designed for first-time fundraisers and for women’s groups in developing countries. The handbook captures the essence of the Global Fund’s Women, Money, and Empowerment workshops, which were given for activists at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, San Francisco, CA. Revised 2007.
Women’s Rights, Human Rights Watch, New York, NY.
WomenWatch, United Nations – information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women.
World Health Organization – the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for porviding leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. See Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability and Prevention of Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence.