Sexual and gender-based violence, which occurs in every region of the world and on every continent, is a violation of basic rights that also prevents women from exercising their other economic and political rights. Gender-based violence is neither inevitable nor acceptable.
UNDP supports national partners to develop and implement the required legal and policy frameworks to combat sexual and gender-based violence. This includes improving access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence, ending impunity for perpetrators and providing survivors with multi-sectoral support and services. Partners in this work include state actors, public institutions, women’s groups, civil society organizations and movements, and traditional, community and religious leaders.
As changing attitudes and ending harmful practices is integral to ending gender-based violence, UNDP also supports awareness-raising and behavior change campaigns, including through community-based conversations, meaningful engagement with men and boys, and working with the private sector and public institutions.
As part of these efforts, UNDP works closely with UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF and is a key partner in the European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women.