Koh Miyaoi. Developing policy and legal frameworks for ending violence against women: International experiences

No. of pages: 8

Publication date: 8 June 2016

Author: Koh Miyaoi UNDP Gender Practice Leader for Europe and CIS

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Violence against women continues to hamper the full enjoyment of human rights by women.  According to UN Women, a 2013 review revealed that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, or non-partner sexual violence.  Between 40-50 per cent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.  In the United States, 11.8 per cent of new HIV infections during the previous year among women who are older than 20 years were attributed to intimate partner violence.