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      • Violence against women is not acceptable and it is preventable | Suki Beavers & Benjamin Kumpf

        16 Dec 2013

        Antonio Banderas, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, appeals to end violence against women

        Globally, three out of ten women report that they have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse by an intimate partner at some point during their lifetime. The toll of violence on  women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined, creates significant costs for societies and hinders development. Up to now, our efforts have largely focused on ending impunity for perpetrators and providing comprehensive services  for victims/survivors.  These are critical and must be accelerated. But they must also be accompanied by additional efforts to prevent gender-based violence before it happens. In order to frame effective prevention policies, programmes and advocacy, we need to better understand the factors associated with some men’s use of violence. As a contribution, we are investing in context specific research such as the multi-country study on the use of violence by men we commissioned with UN Women, UN Population Fund and UN Volunteers. The research found out that, out of the 10,000 men surveyed, nearly half reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner. For example eighty per cent of men who admitted to committing rape in two of the study countries cited a sense of sexual entitlement as their motivation. Overall, men who view Read More

      • Moving from transparency to accountability in the fight against corruption | Patrick Keuleers

        13 Dec 2013

        Graphic design students from Sudan participate in a drawing contest for anti-corruption day. (Photo: Syed Haider/UNDP Sudan)

        Corruption is a major bottleneck to sustainable development: it prevents public and private investment from going where it is most needed, drives up costs, and distorts resource allocations and priorities. This realization was at the heart of the commemorations for International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9th, and at the 5th Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption which I attended in Panama City recently. Anti-corruption has been one of the fastest growing and most successful areas of work under our democratic governance portfolio. The World Bank estimates that corruption can cost a country up to 17 percent of its GDP. Imagine the impact on achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadlines if only 10 percent of that money could be channeled back into development. Through the MYWorld Global Survey, more than 1.5 million people have identified “honest and responsive governments” among the top priorities for the ‘World They Want’. A degree of consensus is now emerging around the importance of integrity, transparency and accountability in governance as key factors to reduce poverty, inequalities and exclusions. Addressing integrity in the public sector is an important component of that strategy. The public service is expected to Read More

      • A life of dignity for all | Mandeep Dhaliwal

        10 Dec 2013

        Legal aid services for HIV patients at the Daytop Drug Abuse Treatment Rehabilitation Centre in Yunnan, China. Photo: UNDP

        Without a doubt there has been great progress in the AIDS response. The numbers tell us that the overall rates of new HIV infections are in decline. However, this is not the case for typically excluded populations such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, women and men who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people. In these groups, HIV is on the rise and alarmingly so.  For example, in Bangkok HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men rose from 11 percent in 2003 to 29 percent in 2011 and a review of available evidence from 15 countries found that over 19 percent of transgender women were living with HIV. At the same time, evidence points to worrying under-investment in health services for these very populations who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV. Social marginalization, stigma and human rights abuses are often the reality for excluded groups worldwide, and these increase vulnerability to HIV. Additionally, among people living with HIV, members of typically marginalized groups tend to experience heightened stigma and discrimination due to HIV-status. There is an urgent need to address the legal and policy barriers that intensify inequalities – including gender inequality – Read More

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