Resources on Gender-based violence

In a seminal article in 1990, Amartya Sen suggested that worldwide, particularly in Asia, millions of women were missing from the population totals of many countries. He also noted the alarming fact that the sex ratio for female children in China, India and the Republic of Korea is actually deteriorating while the overall sex ratio for females in those countries has marginally improved.

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Sexual violence is common in humanitarian settings. It may become more acute in the wake of a natural disaster, and it occurs at every stage of a conflict. The victims are usually women and adolescents, whose vulnerability is exacerbated in the chaos of a crisis. Being separated from one’s family and community, or undertaking certain roles, such as foraging for food or firewood, can put them at even greater risk of exploitation and abuse.

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In 2000, UNFPA continued to support countries in the development of population and development strategies, and data collection, analysis and policy formulation. A top priority in 2000 was the development of a new global strategy for reproductive health commodity security.

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This report provides highlights of a September 2003 consultation in Rome with UNFPA and many of its partners. It provides lessons learned from ten pilot projects that used a programme guide created by UNFPA to help health care providers address gender-based violence.

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This volume documents UNFPA's experience addressing many forms of violence against women.

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This handbook provides practical points to consider when designing and implementing projects addressing violence against women.

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As the global spotlight has turned more sharply over the last decade on the persistence of violence against women and girls, the need for more and better data to inform evidence-based programming in order to address this human rights violation has escalated.

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This brochure provides an overview of UNFPA's role in addressing gender-based violence, an enormous impediment to sexual and reproductive health, as well as a major human rights issue.

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This report presents findings from a mapping initiative that aimed to capture how faith-based organizations respond to violence against women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region. As a collaborative initiative between UNFPA and the Asia-Pacific Women Faith and Development Alliance (AP-WFDA), it sought to identify examples of strategies used by faith-based organizations. The report brings together the experiences of 58 organizations collected through an online survey, supplemented by in-depth interviews conducted with selected agencies. Importantly, the survey results represent only a small proportion of the faith-based organizations addressing violence against women and girls across the region.

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This report aims to support the work of UNFPA and partners by presenting a background and rationale for engaging men and boys.

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