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Thu Nov 14 10:40:34 EST 2013

 From WUNRN:
*Direct Link to Full 120-Page 2013 Publication:*
*Why Some Men Use Violence Against Women And How Do We Prevent It? UN 

Author: Emma Fulu, Xian Warner, Stephanie Miedema, Rachel Jewkes, Tim 
Roselli and James Lang
Violence against women constrains the enjoyment of women's human rights 
everywhere. We know that it is a manifestation of power and control and 
a tool to maintain gender inequalities, disrupting the health, survival, 
safety and freedom of women and their families around the world. We know 
that to end violence against women and girls, we must ensure their full 
empowerment, promote and protect their rights, including access to 
justice and support services, and end the discrimination they face in 
all aspects of their lives.

Changing cultures towards zero tolerance for violence against women, 
therefore, must be a priority for States, communities and families. Over 
the past few decades, much has been done in legal and policy reform and 
the extension of services to support and protect women and their 
families from domestic and sexual violence, while prevention efforts 
have focused on campaigns and advocacy that have brought the issue into 

Preventing violence requires the sustained involvement of socializing 
institutions at the community and state levels, including schools, 
faith-based organizations, media and popular culture. This is recognized 
in the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, which 
calls for States to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct 
of men and women and to eliminate prejudices and customary practices. 
The elimination of harmful gender norms and practices can only be 
achieved through the engagement of men and boys. Understanding men's own 
diverse experiences, within the context of deep-rooted patriarchal 
systems and structures that enable men to assert power and control over 
women, will help us target the underlying drivers of violence against 
women and girls to stop violence before it starts.

Through our regional joint programme, Partners for Prevention, UNDP, 
UNFPA, UN Women and UNV have worked together to undertake the UN 
Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. The 
study, which collected and analysed data from thousands of women and men 
across the region, provides the largest multi-country data set on men's 
perpetration of violence against women and can inform more 
evidence-based interventions to prevent such violence. Ending violence 
against women requires coherent policies and programmes that emphasize 
gender equality as non-negotiable and the transformation of social 
norms. Sustainable development, peace and security can only be achieved 
when caring and respectful relations among women, men, boys and girls 
become the norm.

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The 16 Days Team
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign
Center for Women's Global Leadership
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