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"A LIFE FREE OF VIOLENCE: IT’S OUR RIGHT"

"UNA VIDA SIN VIOLENCIA ES UN DERECHO NUESTRO"

"UMA VIDA SEM VIOLENCIA E UM DIREITO NOSSO               
"UNE VIE SANS VIOLENCE C'EST NOTRE DROIT"


UNITED NATIONS INTER-AGENCY CAMPAIGN

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UNITED NATIONS INTER-AGENCY CAMPAIGN
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The UN Inter-Agency Human Rights Campaign to combat violence against women and girls has manifested itself in various forms in a majority of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. This section details varied approaches and activities taken on national levels to eradicate this common public scourge. This is an international grassroots movement that has expanded into governments and intergovernmental agencies. In effect, its objective is to unite men and women throughout the world to combat gender violence. Please read carefully, ask questions and tell your friends and colleagues to visit this site and join the Campaign, formally or informally, to advocate for the eradication of all forms of violence against women and girls.


Successful activities of the Anti-Violence Campaign:
Overview by Country
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Legal Reform

Raising the profile of critical social issues, signing and ratifying international treaties accomplishes little without simultaneous substantive changes in national legal frameworks. Through the Campaign, many of the governments in Latin America have also taken steps to reform the laws that protect women from violations of their rights and dignity.

Media

Press releases, articles, interviews and stories raise the profile of campaign issues from the national to the international level, and from the private to the public level.

Training

Training programs have provided essential information and raised awareness among government officials and the military regarding key issues relating to prevention of violence against women.

Public awareness campaign items

All effective public education campaigns rely on campaign slogans and products promoting these slogans. By seeing and using the Campaign symbols, the public absorbs the issues into everyday lives, and the ideas behind the slogans gain currency.

National reports

National reports on gender violence are being prepared by the following countries: . Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

 

INTER-AGENCY FIELD OFFICE ACTIVITIES FOR THE UN CAMPAIGN ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

(UNDP, UNIFEM, UNFPA)

 Status of National Campaigns According to Country 


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Preparatory work/reports

  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design the preparation of national reports on the subject.

  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design the preparation of national reports on the subject.

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Media:

    Media:

    • TV panel discussion and call-in programme on "Men and Women: Working to break the Cycle of Violence.
    • Prize Giving Ceremony: Inspirational Women Essay Writing Competition and Exhibition of Photographs.
    • The national newspapers carried messages from the Administrator, UNIFEM Executive Director and UNFPA Executive Director.
    • The Ministers responsible for women's affairs delivered messages and a number of church services were held.
    • A Tribunal on Violence Against Women was held on November, 20, 1998, where over 300 participants heard testimonies of survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. This was later broadcast throughout the Caribbean.

    Training

    • March 8,1998: Program on "The Cost of Violence Against Women";
    • Workshop on Women, Drugs, and the Media;
    • Public discussion on the Rights of Women: a critical analysis of the impact of employment in the information sector. Some of the national and regional organizations which cooperated were: UN Women's Human Rights Campaign—Dominica, Women and Development Unit, Centre for Gender and Development, University of the West Indies, Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), CAFRA, and CANA.

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    Preparatory work

    • April 1998: Inter-Agency Meeting was held with the Vice Minister of Gender to discuss and plan for the Campaign.

    Media

    • March 8, 1998:UNFPA and the Vice Ministry promoted the theme: "Viviencias". There was an Inter-Agency press release on the National Government commemorating the 8th of March.
    • March 24,1998: Breakfast Press Conference with 30 journalists from all TV and radio stations, and newspapers.
    • The Campaign produced a number of publications:

                   -a wallet-size card summarizing the main points of the law against domestic`violence;
                   -a calendar with the logo of the campaign;-
                    -information brochures on the law;        
                    -a newspaper supplement on the human rights of women.

    • National mobilization against violence against women on November 25, 1998. This event received enormous coverage by the press, on a national scale. Also participating in the event was the Police Force, which for the first time marched for an end to the violence.
    • On December 16, 1998, 200 participants, including authorities from the Executive Powers, Parliament, NGOs and women from all sectors, convened to celebrate the campaign and draw the year to a close.

    Training

    • A round table seminar on National Women’s Day was held to evaluate and analyze progress in public policy with regard to gender. Government ministers and civil society participated.
    • Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UDHR: a workshop on "There are no Human Rights without Women’s Rights".

    Legal reform

    Vice-Ministry of Gender, Family and Generations incorporated the 1998 Operative Plan with the following series of actions in collaboration with the Campaign:

    • Significant gains were achieved in public policy with approval of the Regulation on Family Violence;
    • Discussion and approval of the Law Against Sexual Assault with an investigation on violence in each county incorporated the gender dimension of the City Security Plan; presented by the Government Minister, in coordination with the Commission of the Constitution, Justice and Judicial Police.
    • Actions implemented on 8 March, 7 April, 12 April, 10 May, 6 June, 10 July, 1 September, 21 September, 11 October, 17 October, 1 December, 10 December.
    • A national demonstration, at the central and departmental levels, centered on implementing the Law Against Domestic Violence.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • A national demonstration, at the central and departmental levels, focused on implementing the Law Against Domestic Violence, accompanied by the widespread distribution of promotional materials.

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    Preparatory work

    • With Brazilian civil society partners, a meeting was organized to discuss: 1) Social Pact-Pledge of Commitment; 2) Plan of Action for 1999; 3) Social Pact Monitoring.

    Media

    • 23 July 1998: Launch Campaign with UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, FAO, OPAS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, UNHCR, UNDCP, UNIC, OIT, ILO, UIT, authorities of the Brazilian government of Brazil (notably Dr. Gregori –Secretary of Human Rights, Minister of State Reform, Minister of Justice), National Agency of Journalists (ANJ), Association of Radio and TV (ABERT), and Tomie Otake (painter). This Inter-Agency coalition launched a Social Pact Against Family Violence with representatives of the UN System, the Brazilian Centre for Human Rights, the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Planning and Civil society.
    • 23 November 1998: The Campaign launching was a national public event held with the First Lady, the Minister of Justice, the Director for the Center of Human Rights, the Minister of Administration and Reform, Congressional representatives from all political parties, over 80 representatives of civil society organizations and the UNDP Representative of the Regional Inter-Agency Executive Committee (Aparna Mehrotra) in commemoration if the International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women.
    • 10 December 1998: Commemoration of International Day of Human Rights with links to the UN Campaign.
    • Seven Campaign radio spots have aired on 4,000 radio stations.
    • Articles in all major newspapers have promoted the Campaign; "Folha de S. Paulo" began publishing a series of articles on the Campaign.
    • The Inter-agency Communication Committee prepared a detailed dossier for media outreach.
    • TV spots.
    • A website was created for the Campaign: http://www.opas.org.br/viole/index.htm

    Public awareness campaign items

    • A renown Brazilian artist designed a national poster for the Campaign.
    • The Campaign slogan is written on checks for federal employees and one million are sent to civil servants every month.
    • Information kits have been distributed that include: posters and stickers with the national design, national report on VAW, information on UN agencies’ mandates on VAW, information on the National Secretary on Human Rights and its activities, information on the National Mechanism on Women and its activities, a calendar of UN agency activities, and Pledge of Commitments.
    • The campaign slogan and logo appear on the web-site for the Ministry on Administrative Reform and Justice of Brazil.

    Legal Reform:

    The National Commitment Against Gender Violence (Pacto Nacional) was signed by all political parties and over 800 representatives of individual and collective organizations

     

    * Pro tempore secretariat Ministry of Justice – Annex II – Room 62670064-901 – Brasília – DFPhone # 5561 321 7491

    Fax # 5561 224 6398

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    Preparatory work

    • Feb 26,1998: The UN Resident Coordinator organized an interagency meeting, formulated an Inter-Agency Working Group for UN Campaign, prepared a work plan, solicited official UN Agencies Press Officers, prepared a list of institutions for distribution of Campaign products.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.
    • 23 September 23, 1998: Inter-Agency meeting to coordinate activities for the Campaign.

    Media

    • March 20,1998: Press conference to launch campaign at ECLAC; UNDP prepared press note for all agencies.
    • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates:  March 8,  June 5, November 25, and December10; coordinating several media activities.
    • National Seminar on gender violence in the media convened by SERNAM/UN (with UNFPA technical and financial support).
    • Advocacy and multi-media event on human rights and violence for the media.
    • A workshop with leading media representatives was organized to improve the portrayal of gender violence by the press.
    • November 25,1998: The Campaign and the National Plan of No Violence were launched during a national public event in commemoration of the International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women with the First Lady, and the UN Resident Coordinator and the Director of the Women’s Bureau, representatives of civil society and others.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • October 1,1998. UNDP began the distribution of Campaign products including posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc. As well, organized photo, essay and radio competitions,  held round table discussions, etc.
    • The campaign logo appeared on the Colombian Presidential banner

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    Public Awareness:

    • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates ( March 8,  June 5,   November 25, and  December 10) by coordinating several media activities.
    • March 1998: Panel discussion on television regarding the Campaign.
    • The campaign logo appeared on the Colombian Presidential banner.

     

    Media

    • November 25,1998: The Campaign and the National Plan of No Violence were launched during a national public event in commemoration of the International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women with the First Lady, and the UN Resident Coordinator and the Director of the Women’s Bureau, representatives of civil society and others.
    • November 27, 1998: A teleconference was broadcast in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and part of Brazil on Violence Against Women with the participation of the Justice from the Supreme Court, the President of the Congressional Commission of Human Rights, the Family Court Judge, the Director of Women’s Affairs, and the UNDP Representative of the Regional Inter-Agency Executive Committee (Aparna Mehrotra).
    • On the same date, there was a town hall meeting with the President of the Congressional Commission of Human Rights, the Family Court Judge, the Director of Women’s Affairs, the Governor of Antioquia, Congressional representatives from two parties, and the UNDP Representative of the Regional Inter-Agency Executive Committee (Aparna Mehrotra).
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    • Sixteen days of activism were commemorated with over 30 community for a, including an impressive gathering of over 1000 participants in Bogota.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • October 17, 1998. UNDP began with the distribution of Campaign products, including posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kits, etc.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

    Public Awareness:

    • The campaign slogan and logo appears on 1999 National Lottery tickets throughout the country, issued on Women's International Day (March 8).

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    • March 8,1998: Interviews were held with UNFPA representatives.

    Media

    • UNFPA used the TV spots produced on domestic violence.
    • The video of the Global Video Conference Against Violence Against Women was viewed by the UN system in Cuba. Consequently, copies of the video were distributed to the Cuban Federation of Women and the National Statistical Committee. Copies of the video were also widely distributed to the press.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency activities are proposed to center on four key dates  March 8,   June 5, November 25, and  December10.
    • June 5,1998: Inter-agency group launched the Campaign.
    • Preparation for National Report on Violence Against Women.

    Media

    • Organized photo, essay, radio competitions, round table discussions, etc.
    • November 25,1998—International Day Against Violence: UNFPA contributed the cost of printing posters and a newspaper that will be prepared by the Coordinator for Women NGOs.

    Training:

    • UNFPA (Project DOM/97/P03) The "Strengthening of National Capacity for the Execution of the Beijing Platform for Action" has a strong educational component on gender and non-violence for the National Police Force, District Attorneys, Educators and Health Personnel.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Distribution of Campaign products, including posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.

    Special projects

    • March 8, 1998:Event "Expo-Mujer 98" was sponsored by the Inter-Agency Group and General Direction for Promotion of Women (DGPM) in the following areas: a) women’s human rights in the United Nations; b) rights of the family and equality of justice for women; c) health and reproductive rights; d) political participation.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates, March 8, June 5, November 25 and December 10;  coordinating several media activities.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

    Media

    • In cooperation with Andrés Opazo, launched a contest for radio spots on human rights, culminating with distribution of prizes in Quito.
    • TV and radio spots produced and broadcast with national media.
    • Essay, photo and drawing competitions, followed by separate expos of the best entries in the context of women’s human rights.
    • Newspapers ran stories: El Comercio, editorial section of Society, articles in Expreso, Diario Hoy, El Universo (11, 13, and 17 March)
    • Television: the Resident Coordinator (Aase Smedler) and a UNIFEM representative (Mireya Suarez) were interviewed by Iskra Calderon on Teleamzaonas for a special report on gender violence to launch the Campaign (March 13); in Ecuavisa, Dagmar Thiel interviewed the spokespersons for the Campaign.
    • Radio: the Resident Coordinator was interviewed in La Clave (12 March) and on HCJB, as well as in Radio La Luna and Radio Colon, COMPARTIENDO. Monica Munoz of UNIFEM was interviewed on HCJB (18 March).
    • In the context of World Population Day activities, UNFPA and UNIFEM helped to disseminate information through the media about the campaign for women´s rights.

    Training

    • Women’s human rights were introduced in the curriculum of the law faculty, in particular starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars have been held with lawyers and judges.
    • Project on Human Rights and Citizenship in Ecuador.
    • In the context of two projects UNFPA supports in Cuenca and Quito, two workshops were organized to discuss strategies for prevention and treatment of cases of gender and domestic violence, with a focus on the health system. The aim was to sensitizie health providers to help prevent violence and care for women who have suffered from it. "Gender, Health and Violence" was published to capture the main recommendations. Another outcome was a proposal to register cases of violence in health services.

    Legal reform

    • As follow up to the approval of the Law Against Domestic Violence, and in collaboration with women’s groups, UNFPA supported the National Council on Women and the congressional Special Commission on Women, Children and the Family to present a proposal for incorporating reforms in the Penal Code. The Penal Code that addresses cases of rape, incest, prostitution of minors and sexual harassment, has not been modified since 1971. The proposals include: deleting subjective terminology, such as referring to ‘honest women’; increasing penalties for rape from two to four years; increasing the age of protection to minors from 12 to 14 years of age; defining and punishing sexual harassment, with incarceration of six months to two years; penalizing child prostitution.
    • Women’s human rights have been introduced into the curriculum of the law faculty starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars were held with lawyers and judges.
    • UNFPA and WHO supported women’s groups and parliamentarians in preparing proposals to incorporate sexual and reproductive rights in the 1997 Constitutional Reforms. The Constitutional Reforms recognize the right to personal integrity, and forbid all forms of physical, psychological, and sexual violence and moral coercion.
    • Through the initiative of the Municipality of Quito, and with the participation of various NGOs, a Network for the Prevention of Gender Violence was established with the participation of the Municipality, NGOs, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Providing snacks to school children with the Campaign slogan "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right" written on each package.
    • Other activities are distribution of Campaign products (posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.), round table discussions, photo and essay competition, and news articles, etc.

    http://www4ecua.net.ec/unifem: UN Campaign on Women’s Human Rights…A Life Free of Violence.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Preparation of National Report on VAW (July 1998).
    • UNFPA working with the UN Inter-agency Gender Group produced documents on reproductive rights.

    Legal reform

    • July3, 1998: UNDP held a forum on the analysis of the application of the new penal legislation and the law against family violence.

    Special projects

    • April 1998: UNDP sponsored the International Conference on Violence in El Salvador.

    Public Awareness:

    • Water bills are printed with the campaign logo and slogan.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates March 8, June 5, November 25 and December 10; coordinated several media activities.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.
    • Work has been done to mainstream the theme of violence into on-going field projects of UN Agencies.
    • MINUGUA (UN Mission for Guatemala) has a particular interest in linking the Campaign with their current efforts in the context of the peace agreements and activities of local justice agencies servicing women victims of violence. Other projects to linking to the Campaign include the WHO "Critical Root for Female Victims" and EU/UNFPA "Women, Health and Violence."

    Media

    • November 1997: A high level meeting on violence against women was held with Inter-Agency groups on Gender, Government counterparts and NGOs. 200 people attended and it was inaugurated by the Vice President.
    • March 1998: A press conference was held to familiarize the media and population with the regional campaign.
    • April 1998: GIGAM (Inter-Agency group on Gender and the Advancement of Women) held a meeting to design the national action plans to help the Campaign and coordinate initiatives and functions among the UN and other actors participating in the Campaign.
    • Public Education: The materials were used to produce short radio and television spots which will broadcast all over the country; 23 radio spots including four in five indigenous languages broadcast nationally; two TV spots produced and broadcast; well-known Guatemalan women were mobilized to advocate for action to stop VAW.
    • November 1998: The Campaign was launched during a national public event with the First Lady and the UNDP Representative of the Regional Inter-Agency Executive Committee (Aparna Mehrotra) in commemoration of the International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women.

    Legal reform

    • UNDP with WHO and government organizations are working on a brief diagnostic on the application of Decree 97-96, the Law for Prevention, Sanction and Eradication of Family Violence with the aim to establish national strategies.
    • Preparatory Assistance (GUA/97/029) on the theme of Family Violence: UNHCR supported NGOs in community interventions and UNFPA participated in a consortium with the European Union supporting NGOs at the local level.
    • UNFPA advised and provided information and facts on reproductive health, AIDS and their relationship to VAW.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Campaign poster, Declaration of Human Rights and CEDAW produced and distributed.
    • Regional campaign products distributed.

    Special projects

    • UNFPA: Targeting Key Actors of the Guatemalan Socio/Political Scene: a) VAW and its impact on socio-economic development: FAO with support from the Ministry of Agriculutre will study the impact of VAW on productivity of the primary sector of the economy. This study will be disseminated via "Executive Lunches or Breakfast". Preliminary discussions are underway with ILO to study VAW (specifically sexual abuse, violation and abuse of maternity rights on the productivity of the industrial, commercial and the banking/financial sectors (UNFPA, ILO UNDP); b) VAW and political participation of women: this activity will be lead by MINUGUA (UN Mission for Guatemala) and UNDP. c) VAW during the war and its aftermath for peace: under discussion: Dissemination and discussion of report "Guatemala: Nunca Mas" issued by the project "Recovery of the Historic Memory of Guatemala". At the forefront of this initiative is the Human Rights Office of the Catholic Church, UNFPA, MINUGUA and UNDP.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • June 5,1998. UN Resident Coordinator System organized a high level Colloquium on VAW. 40 participants attended, including PAHO/WHO Resident Representative, Chief Justice, Guyana Human Rights Association, CARICOM Focal Point, and the National Commission on Women. The meeting resulted in action oriented recommendations and initiatives to strengthen collaborative efforts.

    Media

    • March 8, 1998.  UNDP, Ministry of Human Services and Social Security and Women’s affairs Bureau organized media presentations (TV/Radio/Newspapers).

    Legal reform

    • Prepared a "user friendly" pamphlet on the Guyana Domestic Violence Act.

       


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    Media

    • Organized a radio program on the importance of abortion in Haiti’s high maternal mortality rate.
    • UNFPA supported the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the UDHR, organized by UNESCO to insure that reproductive health and sexual rights are fully incorporated in the event. 

    Legal reform

    • May 28,1998: UNFPA Co-sponsored the presentation of the Ministry of Health’s national Plan for Safe Motherhood.
    • UN Inter-Agency Committee for Women and Development (CIFD): Produced a document on VAW. UNFPA and CIFD were invited by the Ministry to join the working group in order to revise existing laws on women’s rights, specifically VAW. The most recent initiative was to create a special court for battered women and other cases of violence.
    • June5, 1998. UNDP, UNICEF, and UNFPA held a meeting with different entities currently working independently to revise legislation which discriminates against women.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • UNFPA approved funding for a poster on VAW, produced by the International Civilian Mission (MICIVIH) and UNIFEM.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • March 8, 1998. UN Inter-Agency Declaration on Human Rights (prepared by UNFPA—not published).

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • An Inter-Agency meeting was held with a wide range of NGOs and government institutions. The group identified public education and media awareness as the top priority on the subject of VAW. The campaign was coordinated by AWOJA.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency Group project: "Campana Interagencial contra la Violencia hacia Mujeres, Ninas y Ninos en Mexico" (Inter-Agency Campaign against Violence against Women and Children in Mexico). Partners include UNHCR, ECLAC, UNIC, FAO, UNFPA, ILO, OPS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM . For more detail on products and outputs, check project document. UNDP outputs: Directory of Domestic Violence, UN Manual on Domestic Violence, and Documents on State Legislation.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

    Media

    • Hired readers to advertise the Campaign on national and regional radio and TV.

    Special projects

    • Write the Campaign slogan on all telephone receipts

      Training

      300 indigenous women participated in a workshop discussing sexual and reproductive rights and violence prevention.


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • January 1998.  UNFPA organized an Inter-Agency working group on the Campaign consisting of gender focal points and information officers from UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, UNESCO, IOM and UNHCR. The working group selected three key dates: 8 March, 28 May, and 25 November.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

    Media

    • March 8,1998. Coordinated by UNFPA, consisted of an hour and a half panel discussion on VAW and Human Rights. The panel was moderated by the Resident Coordinator and the UNFPA Representative, with government and non-governmental panelists, including the National Women’s Institute, the Court of Justice and the National Network of Women against Violence.
    • This event was proceeded by a round of interviews in the media (press, radio, TV) and followed by a multi-media exhibition open to the public titled "Images of the United Nations and Nicargua’s Women" at the UN Documentation Center in the National Palace of Culture in Managua.
    • Two TV spots were aired at the fairs mentioned below.

    Training

    • A media seminar was held with journalists on treating family violence adequately.
    • Gender violence was included in the training of the army, air force and the navy.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Regional Products: UNFPA distributed regional campaign products to counterparts, governmental organizations and NGOs, at fairs in Esteli (7/7/98) and Managua (8-10/7/98) in celebration of the World Population Day. Information on the Campaign competitions were distributed through the Nicaraguan Institute for Municipal Development and the main Nicaraguan newspapers.
    • With UNFPA support, the 1998 National Demographic and Health Survey, for the first time included intra-family violence.

    Special projects

    • May 28, 1998. coordinated by UNFPA and the National Women’s Institute (INIM) in Juigalpa. It consisted of a Forum on Women’s Human Rights with the Mayor of Juigalpa, hospital director, chief of police and representatives from the local women’s movement. A youth group presented socio-dramas on violence and brochures and badges on the one year old Nicaraguan Law (Law N. 230) on the prevention and sanction of sexual and domestic violence were available to over 100 women.
    • UNFPA Integrating VAW initiatives at sub-program and project level: Promotion of Rights and Access to SRH/FP in Civil Society (NIC/98/P05) supported the Red Nacional de Mujeres contra la Violencia (National Network of Women against Violence), including the publication and dissemination of material on violence addressed to youths and adolescents.
    • Also the Network has requested UNFPA to collaborate in a national campaign under the slogan: No mas impunidad: Quiero vivir sin violencia (No more impunity: I want a life without violence), to be channeled through mass media, publications and seminars at the community level. This campaign was linked to the UN campaign from 25 November to 10 December 1998.

      A town meeting was held in Ciudad Sandino for women and adolescents living in the newly established settlements "New Life", built for those forced to abandon their homes after Hurricane Mitch. The forum listened to testimonies of women who had suffered violence, as well as, provided referrals to available services.


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency activities were proposed to center on four key dates (8 March, 5 June, 25 November, and 10 December) by coordinating several media activities.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

    Media

    • A 16 page supplement on the theme of violence against women and human rights was published in the leading newspaper, El Panama America entitled, "Un Paso Más Hacia La Igualdad Real".

    Special projects

    • A meeting was organized for 60 women participating in the Campaign and inaugurated by the President and the First Lady.

       


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • UNFPA supported the Campaign and worked with the Women’s Secretariat and other private institutions for the National Campaign against Sexual Harassment.
    • The Vice Ministry of Youth, Youth Secretariat and the Women’s Program of the Asuncion Municipality developed learning activities on reproductive health issues, including non-violence among youth and adolescents.

      Training:

    • Gender violence was included in the training of the army, air force and the navy.
    • The government developed learning activities on non-violence and reproductive health for youth and adolescents.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • May 1998: Inter-Agency Group met to plan activities for the Campaign.

    Media

    • Press conference: 19 August 1998. Convened by UNFPA, Minister of PROMUDEH, UNICEF Resident Coordinator of the UN.
    • A competition was organized among all universities’ departments of law, science and communications for television spots: organized and financed by UNFPA/Peru. A competition for televised messages was held: "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right"; Winners selected on the 20th November 1998; showing the 24th November 1998.
    • Workshops and video screenings with teachers, parents, students and various sectors of domestic violence were held in communities throughout Peru.
    • A regional competition of municipalities as guarantor of women's rights was launched by UNIFEM and the Habitat Programme on Urban Development. Miraflores, in Lima, Peru was awarded First Prize for their services for abused women.

    Training

    • Workshop: "Situation and Proposals to End Violence Against Women," organized and financed by UNFPA/Peru, in Piura, Peru, 20 October 1998. Participants: The National Network for Promotion of Women (Red Nacional de Promocion de la Mujer); PROMUDEH; OPS/OMS on Violence; World Food Programme; UNFPA.
    • UNICEF trained hospital staff on the rights of women and children.
    • Training of the police force on dealing with cases of gender violence.
    • The creation of the Peruvian Multisectoral Round Table for the Prevention and Attention to Intrafamily Violence, which consists of representatives from the Ministries of Women's Affairs, Education, Health, Justice, the Interior, Public Affairs, the Human Rights Ombudsperson, the leading women's group Flora Tristan, the National Association of Municipalities, UNFPA and PAHO. The group has devised a five year action plan.

     Legal reform

    • Competition among distinguished municipal representatives as agents for the rights of women.
    • A meeting was convened at the national level with the advice of the candidates.
    • Public signing of an Interministerial Agreement on "A Life Without Violence Is Our Right" on December 9, 1998. This pact is ascribed to by the Ministries of Interior, Education, Women and Human Development, Health, Public Affairs and Justice and by PAHO and UNFPA.

    Special projects

    Issues and recommendations highlighted in workshop discussions:

    • Modification of the law 26260, article 11.
    • Modification of article 15 of the regulation to make every case of violence a possible conviction.
    • Create special sections for family violence in precincts.
    • Modify legal mechanisms that currently favor impunity in cases of family violence.
    • Modify legal mechanisms that currently support conciliation when this is in violation of the rights of that person.
    • Enforce legal compliance.
    • Publicize the family nonviolence law in various institutions and strategic urban zones.
    • See that the nonviolence law is applied in the courts so that its practice is more effective.
    • Regulations should respect the law.
    • Train legal staff to be sensitive to cases of mistreatment.
    • The National Literacy Programme has incorporated education on violence prevention into their curriculum.

    EDUCATION

    • Establish prevention violence from the lowest levels of education.
    • Modify curricular content in higher institutions.
    • Provide services in education centers for students in which the problem of family violence is addressed.
    • Provide schools for parents in education centers, parishes, municipalities.

    COMMUNICATION

    • Availability and commitment from the media of social communication to promote people’s rights, and combat violence.
    • Involve the media in order to promote human rights.
    • Greater regulation of the media (television).

    SOCIAL

    • Creation of shelters for rehabilitation of abused women, comprised of competent professionals.
    • House the abused so that they have a place of refuge until solutions to their problems are found.

    TRAINING

    • Sensitization towards the authorities, communities, health personnel, organizations in general, by means of information and communication campaigns to prevent family violence (25 November).
    • Create and develop the project "School of future parents, for children and adolescents of school age".
    • Training of specialized personnel to assist victims of violence.
    • Sensitize: Communication media, school, associations, parishes, municipalities, health centers and strategic places.
    • Educate the authorities regarding ways to avoid perpetuating violent situations.
    • Promote prevention at an institutional level (schools, universities, churches)

    COORDINATION

    • Strengthen the multisectoral prevention of Family Violence.
    • Elaboration of a one step process where violence is registered.
    • Organize networks according to levels of reference and counter-reference.
    • Focus interaction with other organizations (PNP, Public ministry, Judicial power, municipalities, etc.)
    • Organize women working at an institutional levels so that they become more conscious of violence and help to contribute financially to the shelters.

    INFORMATION

    • Publicize names of institutions of Piura, where support is given to victims of aggression, extending those specialized services for each one (Public defense, etc.)

    PROGRAMS

    • Neighborhood vigilance.
    • Workshop for Student Leaders on Family Violence. Organized and financed by UNFPA and CINU, Colegio Militar Ramon Castilla de Trujillo, 28/29 October 1998. Participants: Ministry of Education; Ministry for the Promotion of Women; National Network for Promotion of Women; OPS/OMS; DEMUNA; UNFPA.

       


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    Special projects

    • Resident Representatives supported the government Domestic Violence Unit financially to expand drop-in centers for victims of domestic violence.

       


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • June 1998. Uruguayan government signed the document and committed to the objective and activities of the Campaign.

       


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-agency Thematic Group on Gender proposed media activities to center on four key dates (8 March, 5 June, 25 November, and 10 December). UNDP will take the lead on 17 October 1998.
    • Preparation of National Report on VAW.

    Media

    • March 1998: Inter-Agency Press Conference on the UN Campaign. It was agreed by all present (national NGOs and representatives of the Consejo Nacional de Mujeres, the Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Congress Representatives) that efforts in Venezuela should focus on passing the Law Against Violence on Women through Congress.
    • The Daily Journal "Week End" Magazine wrote a full article titled "UN wants a world free of violence against women" on 28 June.

    Training:

    • May 1998: UNDP organized a one day seminar for each: the National Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and the Army, on issues relating to violence against women and girls. This human rights seminar was also coordinated with UNHCR. The overall context of the seminar was on human rights in general, and then specifically on violence against women. The specific component on violence against women was facilitated by local women’s NGOs and by AVESA (the oldest organization working on the issue). The media covered these groundbreaking seminars with a full page article in local papers and in the Daily Journal. Follow-up to these seminars will be possibility of including a gender and violence component in the military curriculum.

    Legal reform

    • UNFPA supported the NGO network REDBOP to carry out advocacy and dissemination activities related to the new bill on violence against women.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Campaign products distributed: posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.

    Special project:

    • UNDP granted prestigious award "Order of Argelia Larga" in recognition of its work for Venezuelan Women in the context of the Human Rights Campaign.

    UNDP Sub-regional Activity:

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Preparatory work/reports

  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

Public Awareness:

  • The campaign slogan and logo appears on 1999 National Lottery tickets throughout the country, issued on Women's International Day (March 8).

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  • March 8,1998: Interviews were held with UNFPA representatives.

Media

  • UNFPA used the TV spots produced on domestic violence.
  • The video of the Global Video Conference Against Violence Against Women was viewed by the UN system in Cuba. Consequently, copies of the video were distributed to the Cuban Federation of Women and the National Statistical Committee. Copies of the video were also widely distributed to the press.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency activities are proposed to center on four key dates  March 8,   June 5, November 25, and  December10.
  • June 5,1998: Inter-agency group launched the Campaign.
  • Preparation for National Report on Violence Against Women.

Media

  • Organized photo, essay, radio competitions, round table discussions, etc.
  • November 25,1998—International Day Against Violence: UNFPA contributed the cost of printing posters and a newspaper that will be prepared by the Coordinator for Women NGOs.

Training:

  • UNFPA (Project DOM/97/P03) The "Strengthening of National Capacity for the Execution of the Beijing Platform for Action" has a strong educational component on gender and non-violence for the National Police Force, District Attorneys, Educators and Health Personnel.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Distribution of Campaign products, including posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.

Special projects

  • March 8, 1998:Event "Expo-Mujer 98" was sponsored by the Inter-Agency Group and General Direction for Promotion of Women (DGPM) in the following areas: a) women’s human rights in the United Nations; b) rights of the family and equality of justice for women; c) health and reproductive rights; d) political participation.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates, March 8, June 5, November 25 and December 10;  coordinating several media activities.
  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

Media

  • In cooperation with Andrés Opazo, launched a contest for radio spots on human rights, culminating with distribution of prizes in Quito.
  • TV and radio spots produced and broadcast with national media.
  • Essay, photo and drawing competitions, followed by separate expos of the best entries in the context of women’s human rights.
  • Newspapers ran stories: El Comercio, editorial section of Society, articles in Expreso, Diario Hoy, El Universo (11, 13, and 17 March)
  • Television: the Resident Coordinator (Aase Smedler) and a UNIFEM representative (Mireya Suarez) were interviewed by Iskra Calderon on Teleamzaonas for a special report on gender violence to launch the Campaign (March 13); in Ecuavisa, Dagmar Thiel interviewed the spokespersons for the Campaign.
  • Radio: the Resident Coordinator was interviewed in La Clave (12 March) and on HCJB, as well as in Radio La Luna and Radio Colon, COMPARTIENDO. Monica Munoz of UNIFEM was interviewed on HCJB (18 March).
  • In the context of World Population Day activities, UNFPA and UNIFEM helped to disseminate information through the media about the campaign for women´s rights.

Training

  • Women’s human rights were introduced in the curriculum of the law faculty, in particular starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars have been held with lawyers and judges.
  • Project on Human Rights and Citizenship in Ecuador.
  • In the context of two projects UNFPA supports in Cuenca and Quito, two workshops were organized to discuss strategies for prevention and treatment of cases of gender and domestic violence, with a focus on the health system. The aim was to sensitizie health providers to help prevent violence and care for women who have suffered from it. "Gender, Health and Violence" was published to capture the main recommendations. Another outcome was a proposal to register cases of violence in health services.

Legal reform

  • As follow up to the approval of the Law Against Domestic Violence, and in collaboration with women’s groups, UNFPA supported the National Council on Women and the congressional Special Commission on Women, Children and the Family to present a proposal for incorporating reforms in the Penal Code. The Penal Code that addresses cases of rape, incest, prostitution of minors and sexual harassment, has not been modified since 1971. The proposals include: deleting subjective terminology, such as referring to ‘honest women’; increasing penalties for rape from two to four years; increasing the age of protection to minors from 12 to 14 years of age; defining and punishing sexual harassment, with incarceration of six months to two years; penalizing child prostitution.
  • Women’s human rights have been introduced into the curriculum of the law faculty starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars were held with lawyers and judges.
  • UNFPA and WHO supported women’s groups and parliamentarians in preparing proposals to incorporate sexual and reproductive rights in the 1997 Constitutional Reforms. The Constitutional Reforms recognize the right to personal integrity, and forbid all forms of physical, psychological, and sexual violence and moral coercion.
  • Through the initiative of the Municipality of Quito, and with the participation of various NGOs, a Network for the Prevention of Gender Violence was established with the participation of the Municipality, NGOs, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Providing snacks to school children with the Campaign slogan "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right" written on each package.
  • Other activities are distribution of Campaign products (posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.), round table discussions, photo and essay competition, and news articles, etc.

http://www4ecua.net.ec/unifem: UN Campaign on Women’s Human Rights…A Life Free of Violence.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • Preparation of National Report on VAW (July 1998).
  • UNFPA working with the UN Inter-agency Gender Group produced documents on reproductive rights.

Legal reform

  • July3, 1998: UNDP held a forum on the analysis of the application of the new penal legislation and the law against family violence.

Special projects

  • April 1998: UNDP sponsored the International Conference on Violence in El Salvador.

Public Awareness:

  • Water bills are printed with the campaign logo and slogan.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates March 8, June 5, November 25 and December 10; coordinated several media activities.
  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.
  • Work has been done to mainstream the theme of violence into on-going field projects of UN Agencies.
  • MINUGUA (UN Mission for Guatemala) has a particular interest in linking the Campaign with their current efforts in the context of the peace agreements and activities of local justice agencies servicing women victims of violence. Other projects to linking to the Campaign include the WHO "Critical Root for Female Victims" and EU/UNFPA "Women, Health and Violence."

Media

  • November 1997: A high level meeting on violence against women was held with Inter-Agency groups on Gender, Government counterparts and NGOs. 200 people attended and it was inaugurated by the Vice President.
  • March 1998: A press conference was held to familiarize the media and population with the regional campaign.
  • April 1998: GIGAM (Inter-Agency group on Gender and the Advancement of Women) held a meeting to design the national action plans to help the Campaign and coordinate initiatives and functions among the UN and other actors participating in the Campaign.
  • Public Education: The materials were used to produce short radio and television spots which will broadcast all over the country; 23 radio spots including four in five indigenous languages broadcast nationally; two TV spots produced and broadcast; well-known Guatemalan women were mobilized to advocate for action to stop VAW.
  • November 1998: The Campaign was launched during a national public event with the First Lady and the UNDP Representative of the Regional Inter-Agency Executive Committee (Aparna Mehrotra) in commemoration of the International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women.

Legal reform

  • UNDP with WHO and government organizations are working on a brief diagnostic on the application of Decree 97-96, the Law for Prevention, Sanction and Eradication of Family Violence with the aim to establish national strategies.
  • Preparatory Assistance (GUA/97/029) on the theme of Family Violence: UNHCR supported NGOs in community interventions and UNFPA participated in a consortium with the European Union supporting NGOs at the local level.
  • UNFPA advised and provided information and facts on reproductive health, AIDS and their relationship to VAW.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Campaign poster, Declaration of Human Rights and CEDAW produced and distributed.
  • Regional campaign products distributed.

Special projects

  • UNFPA: Targeting Key Actors of the Guatemalan Socio/Political Scene: a) VAW and its impact on socio-economic development: FAO with support from the Ministry of Agriculutre will study the impact of VAW on productivity of the primary sector of the economy. This study will be disseminated via "Executive Lunches or Breakfast". Preliminary discussions are underway with ILO to study VAW (specifically sexual abuse, violation and abuse of maternity rights on the productivity of the industrial, commercial and the banking/financial sectors (UNFPA, ILO UNDP); b) VAW and political participation of women: this activity will be lead by MINUGUA (UN Mission for Guatemala) and UNDP. c) VAW during the war and its aftermath for peace: under discussion: Dissemination and discussion of report "Guatemala: Nunca Mas" issued by the project "Recovery of the Historic Memory of Guatemala". At the forefront of this initiative is the Human Rights Office of the Catholic Church, UNFPA, MINUGUA and UNDP.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • June 5,1998. UN Resident Coordinator System organized a high level Colloquium on VAW. 40 participants attended, including PAHO/WHO Resident Representative, Chief Justice, Guyana Human Rights Association, CARICOM Focal Point, and the National Commission on Women. The meeting resulted in action oriented recommendations and initiatives to strengthen collaborative efforts.

Media

  • March 8, 1998.  UNDP, Ministry of Human Services and Social Security and Women’s affairs Bureau organized media presentations (TV/Radio/Newspapers).

Legal reform

  • Prepared a "user friendly" pamphlet on the Guyana Domestic Violence Act.

     


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Media

  • Organized a radio program on the importance of abortion in Haiti’s high maternal mortality rate.
  • UNFPA supported the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the UDHR, organized by UNESCO to insure that reproductive health and sexual rights are fully incorporated in the event. 

Legal reform

  • May 28,1998: UNFPA Co-sponsored the presentation of the Ministry of Health’s national Plan for Safe Motherhood.
  • UN Inter-Agency Committee for Women and Development (CIFD): Produced a document on VAW. UNFPA and CIFD were invited by the Ministry to join the working group in order to revise existing laws on women’s rights, specifically VAW. The most recent initiative was to create a special court for battered women and other cases of violence.
  • June5, 1998. UNDP, UNICEF, and UNFPA held a meeting with different entities currently working independently to revise legislation which discriminates against women.

Public awareness campaign items

  • UNFPA approved funding for a poster on VAW, produced by the International Civilian Mission (MICIVIH) and UNIFEM.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • March 8, 1998. UN Inter-Agency Declaration on Human Rights (prepared by UNFPA—not published).

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Preparatory work/reports

  • An Inter-Agency meeting was held with a wide range of NGOs and government institutions. The group identified public education and media awareness as the top priority on the subject of VAW. The campaign was coordinated by AWOJA.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency Group project: "Campana Interagencial contra la Violencia hacia Mujeres, Ninas y Ninos en Mexico" (Inter-Agency Campaign against Violence against Women and Children in Mexico). Partners include UNHCR, ECLAC, UNIC, FAO, UNFPA, ILO, OPS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM . For more detail on products and outputs, check project document. UNDP outputs: Directory of Domestic Violence, UN Manual on Domestic Violence, and Documents on State Legislation.
  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

Media

  • Hired readers to advertise the Campaign on national and regional radio and TV.

Special projects

  • Write the Campaign slogan on all telephone receipts

    Training

    300 indigenous women participated in a workshop discussing sexual and reproductive rights and violence prevention.


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Preparatory work/reports

  • January 1998.  UNFPA organized an Inter-Agency working group on the Campaign consisting of gender focal points and information officers from UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, UNESCO, IOM and UNHCR. The working group selected three key dates: 8 March, 28 May, and 25 November.
  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

Media

  • March 8,1998. Coordinated by UNFPA, consisted of an hour and a half panel discussion on VAW and Human Rights. The panel was moderated by the Resident Coordinator and the UNFPA Representative, with government and non-governmental panelists, including the National Women’s Institute, the Court of Justice and the National Network of Women against Violence.
  • This event was proceeded by a round of interviews in the media (press, radio, TV) and followed by a multi-media exhibition open to the public titled "Images of the United Nations and Nicargua’s Women" at the UN Documentation Center in the National Palace of Culture in Managua.
  • Two TV spots were aired at the fairs mentioned below.

Training

  • A media seminar was held with journalists on treating family violence adequately.
  • Gender violence was included in the training of the army, air force and the navy.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Regional Products: UNFPA distributed regional campaign products to counterparts, governmental organizations and NGOs, at fairs in Esteli (7/7/98) and Managua (8-10/7/98) in celebration of the World Population Day. Information on the Campaign competitions were distributed through the Nicaraguan Institute for Municipal Development and the main Nicaraguan newspapers.
  • With UNFPA support, the 1998 National Demographic and Health Survey, for the first time included intra-family violence.

Special projects

  • May 28, 1998. coordinated by UNFPA and the National Women’s Institute (INIM) in Juigalpa. It consisted of a Forum on Women’s Human Rights with the Mayor of Juigalpa, hospital director, chief of police and representatives from the local women’s movement. A youth group presented socio-dramas on violence and brochures and badges on the one year old Nicaraguan Law (Law N. 230) on the prevention and sanction of sexual and domestic violence were available to over 100 women.
  • UNFPA Integrating VAW initiatives at sub-program and project level: Promotion of Rights and Access to SRH/FP in Civil Society (NIC/98/P05) supported the Red Nacional de Mujeres contra la Violencia (National Network of Women against Violence), including the publication and dissemination of material on violence addressed to youths and adolescents.
  • Also the Network has requested UNFPA to collaborate in a national campaign under the slogan: No mas impunidad: Quiero vivir sin violencia (No more impunity: I want a life without violence), to be channeled through mass media, publications and seminars at the community level. This campaign was linked to the UN campaign from 25 November to 10 December 1998.

    A town meeting was held in Ciudad Sandino for women and adolescents living in the newly established settlements "New Life", built for those forced to abandon their homes after Hurricane Mitch. The forum listened to testimonies of women who had suffered violence, as well as, provided referrals to available services.


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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency activities were proposed to center on four key dates (8 March, 5 June, 25 November, and 10 December) by coordinating several media activities.
  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

Media

  • A 16 page supplement on the theme of violence against women and human rights was published in the leading newspaper, El Panama America entitled, "Un Paso Más Hacia La Igualdad Real".

Special projects

  • A meeting was organized for 60 women participating in the Campaign and inaugurated by the President and the First Lady.

     


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Preparatory work/reports

  • UNFPA supported the Campaign and worked with the Women’s Secretariat and other private institutions for the National Campaign against Sexual Harassment.
  • The Vice Ministry of Youth, Youth Secretariat and the Women’s Program of the Asuncion Municipality developed learning activities on reproductive health issues, including non-violence among youth and adolescents.

    Training:

  • Gender violence was included in the training of the army, air force and the navy.
  • The government developed learning activities on non-violence and reproductive health for youth and adolescents.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • May 1998: Inter-Agency Group met to plan activities for the Campaign.

Media

  • Press conference: 19 August 1998. Convened by UNFPA, Minister of PROMUDEH, UNICEF Resident Coordinator of the UN.
  • A competition was organized among all universities’ departments of law, science and communications for television spots: organized and financed by UNFPA/Peru. A competition for televised messages was held: "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right"; Winners selected on the 20th November 1998; showing the 24th November 1998.
  • Workshops and video screenings with teachers, parents, students and various sectors of domestic violence were held in communities throughout Peru.
  • A regional competition of municipalities as guarantor of women's rights was launched by UNIFEM and the Habitat Programme on Urban Development. Miraflores, in Lima, Peru was awarded First Prize for their services for abused women.

Training

  • Workshop: "Situation and Proposals to End Violence Against Women," organized and financed by UNFPA/Peru, in Piura, Peru, 20 October 1998. Participants: The National Network for Promotion of Women (Red Nacional de Promocion de la Mujer); PROMUDEH; OPS/OMS on Violence; World Food Programme; UNFPA.
  • UNICEF trained hospital staff on the rights of women and children.
  • Training of the police force on dealing with cases of gender violence.
  • The creation of the Peruvian Multisectoral Round Table for the Prevention and Attention to Intrafamily Violence, which consists of representatives from the Ministries of Women's Affairs, Education, Health, Justice, the Interior, Public Affairs, the Human Rights Ombudsperson, the leading women's group Flora Tristan, the National Association of Municipalities, UNFPA and PAHO. The group has devised a five year action plan.

 Legal reform

  • Competition among distinguished municipal representatives as agents for the rights of women.
  • A meeting was convened at the national level with the advice of the candidates.
  • Public signing of an Interministerial Agreement on "A Life Without Violence Is Our Right" on December 9, 1998. This pact is ascribed to by the Ministries of Interior, Education, Women and Human Development, Health, Public Affairs and Justice and by PAHO and UNFPA.

Special projects

Issues and recommendations highlighted in workshop discussions:

  • Modification of the law 26260, article 11.
  • Modification of article 15 of the regulation to make every case of violence a possible conviction.
  • Create special sections for family violence in precincts.
  • Modify legal mechanisms that currently favor impunity in cases of family violence.
  • Modify legal mechanisms that currently support conciliation when this is in violation of the rights of that person.
  • Enforce legal compliance.
  • Publicize the family nonviolence law in various institutions and strategic urban zones.
  • See that the nonviolence law is applied in the courts so that its practice is more effective.
  • Regulations should respect the law.
  • Train legal staff to be sensitive to cases of mistreatment.
  • The National Literacy Programme has incorporated education on violence prevention into their curriculum.

EDUCATION

  • Establish prevention violence from the lowest levels of education.
  • Modify curricular content in higher institutions.
  • Provide services in education centers for students in which the problem of family violence is addressed.
  • Provide schools for parents in education centers, parishes, municipalities.

COMMUNICATION

  • Availability and commitment from the media of social communication to promote people’s rights, and combat violence.
  • Involve the media in order to promote human rights.
  • Greater regulation of the media (television).

SOCIAL

  • Creation of shelters for rehabilitation of abused women, comprised of competent professionals.
  • House the abused so that they have a place of refuge until solutions to their problems are found.

TRAINING

  • Sensitization towards the authorities, communities, health personnel, organizations in general, by means of information and communication campaigns to prevent family violence (25 November).
  • Create and develop the project "School of future parents, for children and adolescents of school age".
  • Training of specialized personnel to assist victims of violence.
  • Sensitize: Communication media, school, associations, parishes, municipalities, health centers and strategic places.
  • Educate the authorities regarding ways to avoid perpetuating violent situations.
  • Promote prevention at an institutional level (schools, universities, churches)

COORDINATION

  • Strengthen the multisectoral prevention of Family Violence.
  • Elaboration of a one step process where violence is registered.
  • Organize networks according to levels of reference and counter-reference.
  • Focus interaction with other organizations (PNP, Public ministry, Judicial power, municipalities, etc.)
  • Organize women working at an institutional levels so that they become more conscious of violence and help to contribute financially to the shelters.

INFORMATION

  • Publicize names of institutions of Piura, where support is given to victims of aggression, extending those specialized services for each one (Public defense, etc.)

PROGRAMS

  • Neighborhood vigilance.
  • Workshop for Student Leaders on Family Violence. Organized and financed by UNFPA and CINU, Colegio Militar Ramon Castilla de Trujillo, 28/29 October 1998. Participants: Ministry of Education; Ministry for the Promotion of Women; National Network for Promotion of Women; OPS/OMS; DEMUNA; UNFPA.

     


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Special projects

  • Resident Representatives supported the government Domestic Violence Unit financially to expand drop-in centers for victims of domestic violence.

     


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Preparatory work/reports

  • June 1998. Uruguayan government signed the document and committed to the objective and activities of the Campaign.

     


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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-agency Thematic Group on Gender proposed media activities to center on four key dates (8 March, 5 June, 25 November, and 10 December). UNDP will take the lead on 17 October 1998.
  • Preparation of National Report on VAW.

Media

  • March 1998: Inter-Agency Press Conference on the UN Campaign. It was agreed by all present (national NGOs and representatives of the Consejo Nacional de Mujeres, the Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Congress Representatives) that efforts in Venezuela should focus on passing the Law Against Violence on Women through Congress.
  • The Daily Journal "Week End" Magazine wrote a full article titled "UN wants a world free of violence against women" on 28 June.

Training:

  • May 1998: UNDP organized a one day seminar for each: the National Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and the Army, on issues relating to violence against women and girls. This human rights seminar was also coordinated with UNHCR. The overall context of the seminar was on human rights in general, and then specifically on violence against women. The specific component on violence against women was facilitated by local women’s NGOs and by AVESA (the oldest organization working on the issue). The media covered these groundbreaking seminars with a full page article in local papers and in the Daily Journal. Follow-up to these seminars will be possibility of including a gender and violence component in the military curriculum.

Legal reform

  • UNFPA supported the NGO network REDBOP to carry out advocacy and dissemination activities related to the new bill on violence against women.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Campaign products distributed: posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.

Special project:

  • UNDP granted prestigious award "Order of Argelia Larga" in recognition of its work for Venezuelan Women in the context of the Human Rights Campaign.

UNDP Sub-regional Activity:

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Preparatory work/reports

  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

Public Awareness:

  • The campaign slogan and logo appears on 1999 National Lottery tickets throughout the country, issued on Women's International Day (March 8).

Preparatory work/reports

  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

Public Awareness:

  • The campaign slogan and logo appears on 1999 National Lottery tickets throughout the country, issued on Women's International Day (March 8).

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  • March 8,1998: Interviews were held with UNFPA representatives.

Media

  • March 8,1998: Interviews were held with UNFPA representatives.

Media

  • UNFPA used the TV spots produced on domestic violence.
  • The video of the Global Video Conference Against Violence Against Women was viewed by the UN system in Cuba. Consequently, copies of the video were distributed to the Cuban Federation of Women and the National Statistical Committee. Copies of the video were also widely distributed to the press.

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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency activities are proposed to center on four key dates  March 8,   June 5, November 25, and  December10.
  • June 5,1998: Inter-agency group launched the Campaign.
  • Preparation for National Report on Violence Against Women.

Media

  • Organized photo, essay, radio competitions, round table discussions, etc.
  • November 25,1998—International Day Against Violence: UNFPA contributed the cost of printing posters and a newspaper that will be prepared by the Coordinator for Women NGOs.

Training:

  • UNFPA (Project DOM/97/P03) The "Strengthening of National Capacity for the Execution of the Beijing Platform for Action" has a strong educational component on gender and non-violence for the National Police Force, District Attorneys, Educators and Health Personnel.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Distribution of Campaign products, including posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.

Special projects

  • March 8, 1998:Event "Expo-Mujer 98" was sponsored by the Inter-Agency Group and General Direction for Promotion of Women (DGPM) in the following areas: a) women’s human rights in the United Nations; b) rights of the family and equality of justice for women; c) health and reproductive rights; d) political participation.

    Campaign update for the Dominican Republic

    MEDIA

    June 5, 1998 - the campaign was inaugurated by the Resident Coordinator of the country. This event received wide publicity in the press, as well, coverage in the national television news.

    The days between November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, were declared days of activism specially focussed to combat violence against women. During this period, talks, seminars and conferences were held involving the UN Inter-Agency Committee on Gender, Women and Development within the Dominican Republic, NGOs, and Representatives from the national government and the provincial government of Puerto Plata.

    Television spot was produced and aired on national television on the topic of violence against women.

    December 10, 1998 – UNDP, the Commission for the Reform of the State and the Campaign Committee working in the Dominican Republic organized an event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the UDHR and to close the campaign.

    Numerous articles, approximately 15, were printed in top publications, including El Pais, El Siglo and Hoy, all relating to the topic of violence against women.

    PUBLIC AWARENESS

    The Campaign Committee in the Dominican Republic worked along with the government and specialized NGOs for the printing and dissemination of the Law Against Intra-Familiar Violence, Article 24-97.

    Campaign Committee also participated in the: production and dissemination of the Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Intra-familiar Violence; identifying safe places for women and girls to receive adequate support and assistance from trained personnel; fortifying services of legal assistance and psychological counseling at the national and local level.


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Preparatory work/reports

  • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates, March 8, June 5, November 25 and December 10;  coordinating several media activities.
  • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

Media

  • In cooperation with Andrés Opazo, launched a contest for radio spots on human rights, culminating with distribution of prizes in Quito.
  • TV and radio spots produced and broadcast with national media.
  • Essay, photo and drawing competitions, followed by separate expos of the best entries in the context of women’s human rights.
  • Newspapers ran stories: El Comercio, editorial section of Society, articles in Expreso, Diario Hoy, El Universo (11, 13, and 17 March)
  • Television: the Resident Coordinator (Aase Smedler) and a UNIFEM representative (Mireya Suarez) were interviewed by Iskra Calderon on Teleamzaonas for a special report on gender violence to launch the Campaign (March 13); in Ecuavisa, Dagmar Thiel interviewed the spokespersons for the Campaign.
  • Radio: the Resident Coordinator was interviewed in La Clave (12 March) and on HCJB, as well as in Radio La Luna and Radio Colon, COMPARTIENDO. Monica Munoz of UNIFEM was interviewed on HCJB (18 March).
  • In the context of World Population Day activities, UNFPA and UNIFEM helped to disseminate information through the media about the campaign for women´s rights.

Training

  • Women’s human rights were introduced in the curriculum of the law faculty, in particular starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars have been held with lawyers and judges.
  • Project on Human Rights and Citizenship in Ecuador.
  • In the context of two projects UNFPA supports in Cuenca and Quito, two workshops were organized to discuss strategies for prevention and treatment of cases of gender and domestic violence, with a focus on the health system. The aim was to sensitizie health providers to help prevent violence and care for women who have suffered from it. "Gender, Health and Violence" was published to capture the main recommendations. Another outcome was a proposal to register cases of violence in health services.

Legal reform

  • As follow up to the approval of the Law Against Domestic Violence, and in collaboration with women’s groups, UNFPA supported the National Council on Women and the congressional Special Commission on Women, Children and the Family to present a proposal for incorporating reforms in the Penal Code. The Penal Code that addresses cases of rape, incest, prostitution of minors and sexual harassment, has not been modified since 1971. The proposals include: deleting subjective terminology, such as referring to ‘honest women’; increasing penalties for rape from two to four years; increasing the age of protection to minors from 12 to 14 years of age; defining and punishing sexual harassment, with incarceration of six months to two years; penalizing child prostitution.
  • Women’s human rights have been introduced into the curriculum of the law faculty starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars were held with lawyers and judges.
  • UNFPA and WHO supported women’s groups and parliamentarians in preparing proposals to incorporate sexual and reproductive rights in the 1997 Constitutional Reforms. The Constitutional Reforms recognize the right to personal integrity, and forbid all forms of physical, psychological, and sexual violence and moral coercion.
  • Through the initiative of the Municipality of Quito, and with the participation of various NGOs, a Network for the Prevention of Gender Violence was established with the participation of the Municipality, NGOs, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO.

Public awareness campaign items

  • Providing snacks to school children with the Campaign slogan "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right" written on each package.
  • Other activities are distribution of Campaign products (posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.), round table discussions, photo and essay competition, and news articles, etc.

http://www4ecua.net.ec/unifem: UN Campaign on Women’s Human Rights…A Life Free of Violence.

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  • In the context of two projects UNFPA supports in Cuenca and Quito, two workshops were organized to discuss strategies for prevention and treatment of cases of gender and domestic violence, with a focus on the health system. The aim was to sensitizie health providers to help prevent violence and care for women who have suffered from it. "Gender, Health and Violence" was published to capture the main recommendations. Another outcome was a proposal to register cases of violence in health services.
  • Legal reform

    • As follow up to the approval of the Law Against Domestic Violence, and in collaboration with women’s groups, UNFPA supported the National Council on Women and the congressional Special Commission on Women, Children and the Family to present a proposal for incorporating reforms in the Penal Code. The Penal Code that addresses cases of rape, incest, prostitution of minors and sexual harassment, has not been modified since 1971. The proposals include: deleting subjective terminology, such as referring to ‘honest women’; increasing penalties for rape from two to four years; increasing the age of protection to minors from 12 to 14 years of age; defining and punishing sexual harassment, with incarceration of six months to two years; penalizing child prostitution.
    • Women’s human rights have been introduced into the curriculum of the law faculty starting in Guayaquil. A number of seminars were held with lawyers and judges.
    • UNFPA and WHO supported women’s groups and parliamentarians in preparing proposals to incorporate sexual and reproductive rights in the 1997 Constitutional Reforms. The Constitutional Reforms recognize the right to personal integrity, and forbid all forms of physical, psychological, and sexual violence and moral coercion.
    • Through the initiative of the Municipality of Quito, and with the participation of various NGOs, a Network for the Prevention of Gender Violence was established with the participation of the Municipality, NGOs, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Providing snacks to school children with the Campaign slogan "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right" written on each package.
    • Other activities are distribution of Campaign products (posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.), round table discussions, photo and essay competition, and news articles, etc.

    http://www4ecua.net.ec/unifem: UN Campaign on Women’s Human Rights…A Life Free of Violence.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Preparation of National Report on VAW (July 1998).
    • UNFPA working with the UN Inter-agency Gender Group produced documents on reproductive rights.

    Legal reform

    • July3, 1998: UNDP held a forum on the analysis of the application of the new penal legislation and the law against family violence.

    Special projects

    • April 1998: UNDP sponsored the International Conference on Violence in El Salvador.

    Public Awareness:

    • Water bills are printed with the campaign logo and slogan.

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    Preparatory work/reports


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency activities centered on four key dates March 8, June 5, November 25 and December 10; coordinated several media activities.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.
    • Work has been done to mainstream the theme of violence into on-going field projects of UN Agencies.
    • MINUGUA (UN Mission for Guatemala) has a particular interest in linking the Campaign with their current efforts in the context of the peace agreements and activities of local justice agencies servicing women victims of violence. Other projects to linking to the Campaign include the WHO "Critical Root for Female Victims" and EU/UNFPA "Women, Health and Violence."

    Media

    • November 1997: A high level meeting on violence against women was held with Inter-Agency groups on Gender, Government counterparts and NGOs. 200 people attended and it was inaugurated by the Vice President.
    • March 1998: A press conference was held to familiarize the media and population with the regional campaign.
    • April 1998: GIGAM (Inter-Agency group on Gender and the Advancement of Women) held a meeting to design the national action plans to help the Campaign and coordinate initiatives and functions among the UN and other actors participating in the Campaign.
    • Public Education: The materials were used to produce short radio and television spots which will broadcast all over the country; 23 radio spots including four in five indigenous languages broadcast nationally; two TV spots produced and broadcast; well-known Guatemalan women were mobilized to advocate for action to stop VAW.
    • November 1998: The Campaign was launched during a national public event with the First Lady and the UNDP Representative of the Regional Inter-Agency Executive Committee (Aparna Mehrotra) in commemoration of the International Day to Prevent Violence Against Women.

    Legal reform

    • UNDP with WHO and government organizations are working on a brief diagnostic on the application of Decree 97-96, the Law for Prevention, Sanction and Eradication of Family Violence with the aim to establish national strategies.
    • Preparatory Assistance (GUA/97/029) on the theme of Family Violence: UNHCR supported NGOs in community interventions and UNFPA participated in a consortium with the European Union supporting NGOs at the local level.
    • UNFPA advised and provided information and facts on reproductive health, AIDS and their relationship to VAW.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Campaign poster, Declaration of Human Rights and CEDAW produced and distributed.
    • Regional campaign products distributed.

    Special projects

    • UNFPA: Targeting Key Actors of the Guatemalan Socio/Political Scene: a) VAW and its impact on socio-economic development: FAO with support from the Ministry of Agriculutre will study the impact of VAW on productivity of the primary sector of the economy. This study will be disseminated via "Executive Lunches or Breakfast". Preliminary discussions are underway with ILO to study VAW (specifically sexual abuse, violation and abuse of maternity rights on the productivity of the industrial, commercial and the banking/financial sectors (UNFPA, ILO UNDP); b) VAW and political participation of women: this activity will be lead by MINUGUA (UN Mission for Guatemala) and UNDP. c) VAW during the war and its aftermath for peace: under discussion: Dissemination and discussion of report "Guatemala: Nunca Mas" issued by the project "Recovery of the Historic Memory of Guatemala". At the forefront of this initiative is the Human Rights Office of the Catholic Church, UNFPA, MINUGUA and UNDP.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • June 5,1998. UN Resident Coordinator System organized a high level Colloquium on VAW. 40 participants attended, including PAHO/WHO Resident Representative, Chief Justice, Guyana Human Rights Association, CARICOM Focal Point, and the National Commission on Women. The meeting resulted in action oriented recommendations and initiatives to strengthen collaborative efforts.

    Media

    • March 8, 1998.  UNDP, Ministry of Human Services and Social Security and Women’s affairs Bureau organized media presentations (TV/Radio/Newspapers).

    Legal reform

    • Prepared a "user friendly" pamphlet on the Guyana Domestic Violence Act.

       


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    Media

    • Organized a radio program on the importance of abortion in Haiti’s high maternal mortality rate.
    • UNFPA supported the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the UDHR, organized by UNESCO to insure that reproductive health and sexual rights are fully incorporated in the event. 

    Legal reform

    • May 28,1998: UNFPA Co-sponsored the presentation of the Ministry of Health’s national Plan for Safe Motherhood.
    • UN Inter-Agency Committee for Women and Development (CIFD): Produced a document on VAW. UNFPA and CIFD were invited by the Ministry to join the working group in order to revise existing laws on women’s rights, specifically VAW. The most recent initiative was to create a special court for battered women and other cases of violence.
    • June5, 1998. UNDP, UNICEF, and UNFPA held a meeting with different entities currently working independently to revise legislation which discriminates against women.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • UNFPA approved funding for a poster on VAW, produced by the International Civilian Mission (MICIVIH) and UNIFEM.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • March 8, 1998. UN Inter-Agency Declaration on Human Rights (prepared by UNFPA—not published).

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • An Inter-Agency meeting was held with a wide range of NGOs and government institutions. The group identified public education and media awareness as the top priority on the subject of VAW. The campaign was coordinated by AWOJA.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency Group project: "Campana Interagencial contra la Violencia hacia Mujeres, Ninas y Ninos en Mexico" (Inter-Agency Campaign against Violence against Women and Children in Mexico). Partners include UNHCR, ECLAC, UNIC, FAO, UNFPA, ILO, OPS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM . For more detail on products and outputs, check project document. UNDP outputs: Directory of Domestic Violence, UN Manual on Domestic Violence, and Documents on State Legislation.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject.

    Media

    • Hired readers to advertise the Campaign on national and regional radio and TV.

    Special projects

    • Write the Campaign slogan on all telephone receipts

      Training

      300 indigenous women participated in a workshop discussing sexual and reproductive rights and violence prevention.


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • January 1998.  UNFPA organized an Inter-Agency working group on the Campaign consisting of gender focal points and information officers from UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, UNESCO, IOM and UNHCR. The working group selected three key dates: 8 March, 28 May, and 25 November.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

    Media

    • March 8,1998. Coordinated by UNFPA, consisted of an hour and a half panel discussion on VAW and Human Rights. The panel was moderated by the Resident Coordinator and the UNFPA Representative, with government and non-governmental panelists, including the National Women’s Institute, the Court of Justice and the National Network of Women against Violence.
    • This event was proceeded by a round of interviews in the media (press, radio, TV) and followed by a multi-media exhibition open to the public titled "Images of the United Nations and Nicargua’s Women" at the UN Documentation Center in the National Palace of Culture in Managua.
    • Two TV spots were aired at the fairs mentioned below.

    Training

    • A media seminar was held with journalists on treating family violence adequately.
    • Gender violence was included in the training of the army, air force and the navy.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Regional Products: UNFPA distributed regional campaign products to counterparts, governmental organizations and NGOs, at fairs in Esteli (7/7/98) and Managua (8-10/7/98) in celebration of the World Population Day. Information on the Campaign competitions were distributed through the Nicaraguan Institute for Municipal Development and the main Nicaraguan newspapers.
    • With UNFPA support, the 1998 National Demographic and Health Survey, for the first time included intra-family violence.

    Special projects

    • May 28, 1998. coordinated by UNFPA and the National Women’s Institute (INIM) in Juigalpa. It consisted of a Forum on Women’s Human Rights with the Mayor of Juigalpa, hospital director, chief of police and representatives from the local women’s movement. A youth group presented socio-dramas on violence and brochures and badges on the one year old Nicaraguan Law (Law N. 230) on the prevention and sanction of sexual and domestic violence were available to over 100 women.
    • UNFPA Integrating VAW initiatives at sub-program and project level: Promotion of Rights and Access to SRH/FP in Civil Society (NIC/98/P05) supported the Red Nacional de Mujeres contra la Violencia (National Network of Women against Violence), including the publication and dissemination of material on violence addressed to youths and adolescents.
    • Also the Network has requested UNFPA to collaborate in a national campaign under the slogan: No mas impunidad: Quiero vivir sin violencia (No more impunity: I want a life without violence), to be channeled through mass media, publications and seminars at the community level. This campaign was linked to the UN campaign from 25 November to 10 December 1998.

      A town meeting was held in Ciudad Sandino for women and adolescents living in the newly established settlements "New Life", built for those forced to abandon their homes after Hurricane Mitch. The forum listened to testimonies of women who had suffered violence, as well as, provided referrals to available services.


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-Agency activities were proposed to center on four key dates (8 March, 5 June, 25 November, and 10 December) by coordinating several media activities.
    • UNDP led a meeting with NGOs and other partners working in the area of violence against women to design and discuss gender violence and preparation of national reports on the subject. Reports are to 1) describe the national situation; 2) compile and prioritize needs in relation to existing resources; 3) identify good practice; 4) catalogue a directory of relevant organizations working on these issues.

    Media

    • A 16 page supplement on the theme of violence against women and human rights was published in the leading newspaper, El Panama America entitled, "Un Paso Más Hacia La Igualdad Real".

    Special projects

    • A meeting was organized for 60 women participating in the Campaign and inaugurated by the President and the First Lady.

       


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • UNFPA supported the Campaign and worked with the Women’s Secretariat and other private institutions for the National Campaign against Sexual Harassment.
    • The Vice Ministry of Youth, Youth Secretariat and the Women’s Program of the Asuncion Municipality developed learning activities on reproductive health issues, including non-violence among youth and adolescents.

      Training:

    • Gender violence was included in the training of the army, air force and the navy.
    • The government developed learning activities on non-violence and reproductive health for youth and adolescents.

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    Preparatory work/reports

    • May 1998: Inter-Agency Group met to plan activities for the Campaign.

    Media

    • Press conference: 19 August 1998. Convened by UNFPA, Minister of PROMUDEH, UNICEF Resident Coordinator of the UN.
    • A competition was organized among all universities’ departments of law, science and communications for television spots: organized and financed by UNFPA/Peru. A competition for televised messages was held: "A Life Free of Violence: It’s Our Right"; Winners selected on the 20th November 1998; showing the 24th November 1998.
    • Workshops and video screenings with teachers, parents, students and various sectors of domestic violence were held in communities throughout Peru.
    • A regional competition of municipalities as guarantor of women's rights was launched by UNIFEM and the Habitat Programme on Urban Development. Miraflores, in Lima, Peru was awarded First Prize for their services for abused women.

    Training

    • Workshop: "Situation and Proposals to End Violence Against Women," organized and financed by UNFPA/Peru, in Piura, Peru, 20 October 1998. Participants: The National Network for Promotion of Women (Red Nacional de Promocion de la Mujer); PROMUDEH; OPS/OMS on Violence; World Food Programme; UNFPA.
    • UNICEF trained hospital staff on the rights of women and children.
    • Training of the police force on dealing with cases of gender violence.
    • The creation of the Peruvian Multisectoral Round Table for the Prevention and Attention to Intrafamily Violence, which consists of representatives from the Ministries of Women's Affairs, Education, Health, Justice, the Interior, Public Affairs, the Human Rights Ombudsperson, the leading women's group Flora Tristan, the National Association of Municipalities, UNFPA and PAHO. The group has devised a five year action plan.

     Legal reform

    • Competition among distinguished municipal representatives as agents for the rights of women.
    • A meeting was convened at the national level with the advice of the candidates.
    • Public signing of an Interministerial Agreement on "A Life Without Violence Is Our Right" on December 9, 1998. This pact is ascribed to by the Ministries of Interior, Education, Women and Human Development, Health, Public Affairs and Justice and by PAHO and UNFPA.

    Special projects

    Issues and recommendations highlighted in workshop discussions:

    • Modification of the law 26260, article 11.
    • Modification of article 15 of the regulation to make every case of violence a possible conviction.
    • Create special sections for family violence in precincts.
    • Modify legal mechanisms that currently favor impunity in cases of family violence.
    • Modify legal mechanisms that currently support conciliation when this is in violation of the rights of that person.
    • Enforce legal compliance.
    • Publicize the family nonviolence law in various institutions and strategic urban zones.
    • See that the nonviolence law is applied in the courts so that its practice is more effective.
    • Regulations should respect the law.
    • Train legal staff to be sensitive to cases of mistreatment.
    • The National Literacy Programme has incorporated education on violence prevention into their curriculum.

    EDUCATION

    • Establish prevention violence from the lowest levels of education.
    • Modify curricular content in higher institutions.
    • Provide services in education centers for students in which the problem of family violence is addressed.
    • Provide schools for parents in education centers, parishes, municipalities.

    COMMUNICATION

    • Availability and commitment from the media of social communication to promote people’s rights, and combat violence.
    • Involve the media in order to promote human rights.
    • Greater regulation of the media (television).

    SOCIAL

    • Creation of shelters for rehabilitation of abused women, comprised of competent professionals.
    • House the abused so that they have a place of refuge until solutions to their problems are found.

    TRAINING

    • Sensitization towards the authorities, communities, health personnel, organizations in general, by means of information and communication campaigns to prevent family violence (25 November).
    • Create and develop the project "School of future parents, for children and adolescents of school age".
    • Training of specialized personnel to assist victims of violence.
    • Sensitize: Communication media, school, associations, parishes, municipalities, health centers and strategic places.
    • Educate the authorities regarding ways to avoid perpetuating violent situations.
    • Promote prevention at an institutional level (schools, universities, churches)

    COORDINATION

    • Strengthen the multisectoral prevention of Family Violence.
    • Elaboration of a one step process where violence is registered.
    • Organize networks according to levels of reference and counter-reference.
    • Focus interaction with other organizations (PNP, Public ministry, Judicial power, municipalities, etc.)
    • Organize women working at an institutional levels so that they become more conscious of violence and help to contribute financially to the shelters.

    INFORMATION

    • Publicize names of institutions of Piura, where support is given to victims of aggression, extending those specialized services for each one (Public defense, etc.)

    PROGRAMS

    • Neighborhood vigilance.
    • Workshop for Student Leaders on Family Violence. Organized and financed by UNFPA and CINU, Colegio Militar Ramon Castilla de Trujillo, 28/29 October 1998. Participants: Ministry of Education; Ministry for the Promotion of Women; National Network for Promotion of Women; OPS/OMS; DEMUNA; UNFPA.

       


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    Special projects

    • Resident Representatives supported the government Domestic Violence Unit financially to expand drop-in centers for victims of domestic violence.

       


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • June 1998. Uruguayan government signed the document and committed to the objective and activities of the Campaign.

       


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    Preparatory work/reports

    • Inter-agency Thematic Group on Gender proposed media activities to center on four key dates (8 March, 5 June, 25 November, and 10 December). UNDP will take the lead on 17 October 1998.
    • Preparation of National Report on VAW.

    Media

    • March 1998: Inter-Agency Press Conference on the UN Campaign. It was agreed by all present (national NGOs and representatives of the Consejo Nacional de Mujeres, the Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Congress Representatives) that efforts in Venezuela should focus on passing the Law Against Violence on Women through Congress.
    • The Daily Journal "Week End" Magazine wrote a full article titled "UN wants a world free of violence against women" on 28 June.

    Training:

    • May 1998: UNDP organized a one day seminar for each: the National Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and the Army, on issues relating to violence against women and girls. This human rights seminar was also coordinated with UNHCR. The overall context of the seminar was on human rights in general, and then specifically on violence against women. The specific component on violence against women was facilitated by local women’s NGOs and by AVESA (the oldest organization working on the issue). The media covered these groundbreaking seminars with a full page article in local papers and in the Daily Journal. Follow-up to these seminars will be possibility of including a gender and violence component in the military curriculum.

    Legal reform

    • UNFPA supported the NGO network REDBOP to carry out advocacy and dissemination activities related to the new bill on violence against women.

    Public awareness campaign items

    • Campaign products distributed: posters, capacity building kits, pens, stickers, pins, buttons, media kit, etc.

    Special project:

    • UNDP granted prestigious award "Order of Argelia Larga" in recognition of its work for Venezuelan Women in the context of the Human Rights Campaign.

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