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United Nations Commission on Violence against Women

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to support proposals for a United Nations Commission on Violence against Women. (208909)

The Government are unaware of any proposals for a UN Commission on Violence Against Women. But we are committed to promoting the rights of women and girls and are active at the UN in supporting a number of initiatives that seek to address violence against women. This includes supporting resolutions that call for the intensification of all efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women as well as supporting the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. We also support the campaign launched by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on 25 February to intensify action to end violence against women and girls.

More specifically the Government, through the Department for International Development, fund a programme implemented by the UN Development Fund for Women aimed at promoting women's engagement in peace-building and preventing sexual violence in conflict. Funding will go towards supporting women's community-level efforts to build peace and prevent sexual violence in Afghanistan, Haiti, Liberia, Rwanda, Timor Leste and Uganda.