Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
VAWG includes violence committed at home, in public, online or through the use of technology resulting in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm, including threats of such acts, and the term women includes girls. Specific forms of violence include:
- domestic abuse (including financial abuse);
- sexual violence, abuse and exploitation (including commercial exploitation);
- sexual harassment and bullying;
- pornography including through published magazines (such as sexualised images of children and young people), via internet and by mobile;
- trafficking, forced prostitution (in adults) and all child sexual exploitation;
- female genital mutilation;
- forced marriage; and
- crimes said to be committed in the name of ‘honour.’
Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls
The Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls features detailed guidance on how to implement laws, policies and programmes with access to promising practices, case studies and recommended programming tools from around the world.
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Community activism approaches to shift harmful gender attitudes, roles and social norms
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is driven in part by gender attitudes, norms on gender inequality and the acceptability of violence, which are socially reproduced and shared. Women’s rights organizations across the global south have dedicated themselves to challenging these. Early evaluations of work they have championed has shown that sufficiently equipped community volunteers, guided in a long-term structured programme, can enable widespread diffusion of new ideas on gender and VAWG and ultimately achieve changes in harmful attitudes and norms across communities.
Council of Europe
Action against violence against women and domestic violence
Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
In a message to mark International Women’s Day 2018, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights underlines politicians and opinion makers’ duty to promote an honest and well-informed public debate about the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) and to focus on its potential to help states increase women’s safety and liberty in Europe.
“Combating violence against women and domestic violence must be a priority for us all. The Istanbul Convention is a modern and unique tool designed to protect women’s rights and no excuse should obstruct its ratification and implementation”, he says.