The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN), is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN WOMEN works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board.

According to the studies at least one in three women are experiencing some form of violence during their lifetime. Around 650 million women alive today were married as children. Of those women, more than one in three got married before 15.Violence against women and girls takes many different forms, including domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, child, early and forced marriage, sex trafficking, so called ‘honor’ crimes and female genital mutilation. Main reason of the violence against women is not being stopped is, women are having tough times trying to have access to justice and legal protection.

Over the years, there has been an expansion of women’s legal entitlements in many national contexts. However, laws that are discriminatory toward women and gaps in legal frameworks continue to be serious challenges around the world. There has been progress in strengthening the promotion and protection of women’s human rights, but for millions of women across the region, the reality remains that justice is still out of reach.

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Agenda Item: Women’s Access to Justice and Legal Protection

Under-Secretary-General: Sezen ÖZKALP​