Critical Issue: Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is pervasive throughout the world, as both a public health and human rights issue. It “reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims,” according to the UN Population Fund. Ending gender based violence must be a priority on the international human rights agenda. Violence against women and girls was a central theme of our annual conference 2010 (June 11-12 at Hunter College) Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health, co-presented with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM. Click here for details. Get the latest facts, figures, and policy perspectives on our Big Five program page.

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  • June 17, 2010

    WeNews: This week, new statistics on rising sex traffric in the United States were released, as a congressional bill on human trafficking is readied for voting. Activists continie to debate on solutions to prostitution and sex trafficking, with some...

  • June 4, 2010

    New York Times: Over the past 8 months, investigators have discovered over 15 cases of girls who were raped, threatened with violence and forced into prostitution. Pimps recruited girls at local high school and middle schools with promises of cash or...

  • March 25, 2010

    Iceland is fast becoming a world-leader in feminism. A country with a tiny population of 320,000, it is on the brink of achieving what many...

  • March 11, 2010

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama awarded 10 honorees with the International Women of Courage Award yesterday at the State Department.

  • The Center Works to Improve State Law and Federal Policy on International Trafficking of Women and Girls