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Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls


The United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally, advances the Department of State’s efforts to raise the status of women and girls around the world and underscores the United States Government’s commitment to preventing and responding to gender-based violence. Such violence undermines not only the safety, dignity, and human rights of the millions of individuals who experience it, but also threatens public health, economic stability, and security. The Strategy outlines four key objectives: to increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among U.S. Government agencies and with other stakeholders; to enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing U.S. Government work; to improve collection, analysis, and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts; and to enhance or expand U.S. Government programming that addresses gender-based violence. At Congress’s request, the Strategy was drafted by the Department of State, USAID, and other relevant U.S. agencies. Full Strategy» President Obama signed an accompanying Executive Order directing all relevant agencies to implement the Strategy and a fact sheet from the White House is also available.


-03/20/14  Remarks at the Launch of the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative;  Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns; Washington, DC
-02/20/14   INL Guide to Gender in the Criminal Justice System  [2196 Kb]
-02/20/14  Remarks at the Launch of the Bureau of Narcotics and International Law Enforcement (INL) Guide to Gender in the Criminal Justice System;  Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Catherine M. Russell; United States Institute of Peace; Washington, DC
-12/18/13   Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally
-11/20/13  The Global Gender-Based Violence Threat;  Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Catherine M. Russell; Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Washington, DC
-10/22/13  International Conference Action to Achieve Commitments in UNGA Resolution 67/146: Intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilations; Rome, Italy
-09/23/13  Secretary Kerry Announces New Initiative to Address Gender-Based Violence in Global Humanitarian Emergencies; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-09/13/13   Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It?
-03/07/13   PEPFAR: Addressing Gender and HIV/AIDS [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version   ]
-08/10/12  Release of First United States Strategy To Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
-08/10/12  United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally; Office of Global Women's Issues; Washington, DC
-June 2013 INL Bureau Newsletter - Launching Gender Based Violence Training in Mexico

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