Thousands of representatives from member states, U.N. partners, civil society, international governmental organizations and the private sector came together to produce an outcome document summarizing the global plan to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
U.N. Women has detailed the important focus the plan gives to the prevention of violence, chiefly through providing education, raising awareness and addressing gender inequalities in the social, economic and political realms.
The plan prioritizes the protection of sexual and reproductive health rights, as well as the creation of multisectoral services for survivors of violence, it said. These services include those for health, and psychological support and counseling.
The plan also underscores the need for punishing perpetrators, and enhancing the means of collecting evidence and responding to victims.
“We will work with member states to turn the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women into concrete results for women and girls,” said U.N. Women in a statement.
Johanna Morden is a community development worker by training and a global development journalist by profession. As a Devex staff writer based in Manila, she covers the Asian Development Bank as well as Asia-Pacific's aid community at large. Johanna has written for a variety of international publications, covering social issues, disasters, government, ICT, business and the law.