UN Women in Action

  • In Cambodia UN Women supported a national survey to examine the levels of domestic violence as well as the prevailing attitudes, impacts and acceptance by women of violence in the home.
  • In Thailand, The Say NO to Violence campaign has received overwhelming support by stakeholders, and culminated in a national Plan of Action on ending domestic violence.
  • In a project of the UN Country Team in Thailand funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, UN Women, along with UNFPA, OHCHR, and UNDP, is working with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to achieve effective implementation of Thailand’s Domestic Violence Victims Act (DVVA) through pilot programmes, monitoring and evaluation, and public awareness activities.
  • UN Women is partnering with the National Human Rights Commission in Thailand to establish gender-sensitive measures in criminal courts across the country, ensuring effective implementation of Thailand’s domestic violence legislation.
  • In Timor Leste, UN Women is working with the Government, Parliament and NGOs to embed gender equality into the development agenda, so that, in accord with CEDAW commitments, a draft law on domestic violence was announced in late 2009, and is expected to be enforced by April 2010. UN Women is coordinating a joint media campaign to raise public awareness on the criminalization of domestic violence.
  • UN Women works on strengthening gender-based violence responses In Lao Cai, Viet Nam, a region with high incidence of trafficking, exploitation and violence against women, and participated in a joint UN Country Team mission to the region. As part of a UN Trust Fund project, Reproductive and Family Health and the Lao Cai Women’s Union conducted training sessions for local service providers and law enforcement personnel in counselling and support skills for working with victims of violence.
  • The Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund, also known as the Pacific Regional EVAW Facility Fund, is a specialized regional facility to support Pacific Island governments and civil society organisations to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG) using a human rights and gender-responsive approach. A human rights and gender-responsive approach is a way to implement programmes that seeks to redress discriminatory gender practices and empower disadvantaged women and girls, allowing them to participate effectively in development interventions and affect policy-making as rights-holders.  It requires those who can improve lives to fulfil their obligations, work towards improving the lives of women and girls, and overcome a history of violence. more