UN Women has developed many publications and action toolkits to assist activists, policymakers, students, officials, and others in their projects and initiatives to end violence against women and girls.
This case study collection shares promising practices and lessons learned from organizations that are implementing workplace responses to violence that occurs in intimate relationships. It focuses on intimate partner violence as this form of violence often receives less attention as a workplace issue than sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and sexual violence are part of a larger continuum of violence against women and girls, grounded in persistent gender inequality and discrimination, and it is strategic for workplaces to address all forms of violence against women, beyond the forms that occur in the workplace.
In 2018 UN Women produced the 16 Things You Can Do To Help End Violence Against Women and Girls - a brochure in 14 different languages that provides readers with 16 useful tools and courses of action.
In collaboration with the Australian Government, UN Women’s Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund developed How To Design Projects to End Violence Against Women And Girls, an action toolkit designed to break down the barriers associated with designing and implementing activist projects. The toolkit assists activists in planning, budgeting, and implementing projects aimed at ending violence against women.
The Change Makers is a regionally focused toolkit designed by the Asia-Pacific UNiTE Campaign Secretariat, together with a group of Asia-Pacific regional members of the UNiTE Youth Network. This toolkit is designed for young activists and peer educators to facilitate discussions on gender equality, violence against women, healthy relationships, and positive activism.
To improve the quality of, and access to, comprehensive essential multi-sectorial services, UN Women and UNFPA initiated the ‘Essential Services Programme’ in 2013 with support and funding provided by the Governments of Australia and Spain. This initiative seeks to align international agreements on violence against women with activities at the country level. It provides technical guidance on how to develop quality services and responses. This initiative has now become a fully-fledged United Nations Global Joint Programme: Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence, also involving WHO, UNODC and UNDP as participating UN organizations.
Phase I of the Joint Programme (2013–2017) focused on reaching consensus on the essential services and the relevant quality standards and tools for their provision in different settings. The Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence: Core Elements and Quality Guidelines were launched at the end of 2015. They were developed with support from expert consultants through a series of global technical consultations with key representatives from Government, civil society, survivors, academia, and practitioners. The health component is based on the WHO guidelines for responding to violence against women.
Phase II of the Programme (2017 –2019) included piloting the global guidance and tools on essential services in 10 countries (Cambodia, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Pakistan, Viet Nam, Tunisia, Mozambique, Egypt, Guatemala and Peru) with a view to supporting and advocating for their global roll-out. The Joint Programme also provides technical assistance to several ‘self-starter’ countries interested in funding the implementation of the guidance with their own national budgets.
The Trial of Rape study
The Trial of Rape: Understanding the criminal justice system response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam is a joint study carried out by UN Women, UNDP, UNODC and UNiTE on the criminal justice system’s response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam, outlining hurdles women face when seeking justice. The study showed that sexual assault survivors in Thailand and Viet Nam face serious challenges to obtaining justice because of discriminatory attitudes and practices rooted in gender inequality. Following data collection in 2013 in both Thailand and Viet Nam, legislation was amended to include better definitions of sexual violence, improve protection young victims, and have clearer definitions of sexual violence compared to previous legislation.
The findings of the study were creatively integrated at an event exhibiting clothing of sexual violence survivors in Bangkok, Thailand with the aim of dispelling the myths around sexual violence (see below).
As part of its long-standing cooperation, UN Women partnered with ASEAN, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) to develop the ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls Data Collection and Use to strengthen the capacity of ASEAN Member States to systematically collect and use data related to violence against women and girls (VAWG). A timely motivator for these guidelines is the attention to measuring change that the SDGs have brought.