UN Women Strategy

“ Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive.” – Kofi Annan

UN Women in India works to prevent violence against women – from violence in public and private space to trafficking of women and girls.

We support the Government and civil society to build a strong knowledge base and undertake reviews of laws relating to violence against women.

As part of the Global Safe Cities Programme, UN Women works with UN Habitat, Jagori and Delhi Government to make New Delhi safer for women. Through the programme, we now have better data available on safety , and seven safety audits in New Delhi have helped women to underline their own safety issues. Audits are also underway in Mumbai and Bangalore.

As part of the project to prevent anti-trafficking in six states of India, 75 peer educators trained in community leadership to prevent trafficking of women and girls. 60 Vigilance Committees have been established in 6 panchayats across 6 states.

We manage grants under the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women. The Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund works with partners in India to secure much-needed services for women and girls affected by violence.

In India, through the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women, we have reached out to young people and survivors. A social media campaign took the word on prevention to thousands of young people in eight cities. The 13 winners and runner-ups of the Freedom from Violence photo competition shared very strong messages for women’s rights.