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Violence against Women: Addressing A Silent Global Pandemic, What has worked!

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Violence against women is all pervasive and permeates across all socio economic sections of global societies. According to the United Nations some of the challenges faced in addressing this global pandemic are: The lack of effective national laws to end violence against women, or the failure to implement such laws where they exist, is widespread. Impunity for violence against women often results from States’ failure to implement international standards at the national and local level. In many places, laws contain loopholes that allow perpetrators to act with impunity. In a number of countries, a rapist can go free under the penal code if he marries the victim. Unfortunately sexual conflict against women and girls continues to reach alarming proportions in areas of armed conflict. According to a special report released in April 2014 by the United Nations and remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries, This presentation will discuss examples of local and global strategies which have been effective in addressing gender based violence at a local level and the crucial role played by partnerships UN agencies NGOs and the private sector

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