Handbook for National Action Plans on Violence against Women

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Handbook for National Action Plans on Violence against Women – Resources


UN Women

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01 Jan 2012

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Lauren October

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08 Jul 2020

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The Handbook brings together current knowledge on effective policy for the prevention of, and response to, violence against women, and concretely demonstrates how States have developed and implemented such policy in their own contexts. The document is not a model plan itself, but sets out guidelines to help policy makers and advocates formulate effective plans. It is based on good practices in States’ plans and the advice of experts from different countries and regions. The principles it encapsulates have been designed to be applied regardless of the context, size or resource base of any individual State, though the
method of implementation may vary.

The Handbook first outlines the international and regional legal and policy framework which mandates States to adopt and implement National Action Plans to address violence against women. It then presents a model framework for National Action Plans on violence against women, which sets out recommendations, accompanied by explanatory commentaries and good practice examples across the following areas:

  • Chapter 3.1: Guiding principles for defining the problem and establishing a shared understanding of violence against women;
  • Chapter 3.2: Development processes for National Action Plans;
  • Chapter 3.3: Cross-cutting structures and actions to ensure the Plan’s long-term potential to effect change, including governance, civil society participation, legislation and policy reviews, workforce development programmes and ongoing funding regimes;
  • Chapter 3.4: Strategies for primary prevention for violence against women through attitudinal, organizational and cultural change;
  • Chapter 3.5: Strategies for a coordinated and integrated response system, including care, support and empowerment of victims/survivors of violence against women, and the accountability of perpetrators;
  • Chapter 3.6: Implementation of National Action Plans; and
  • Chapter 3.7: Evaluation, monitoring and reporting strategies to ensure continuous improvement and build evidence for future action.

It is hoped that the Handbook will be of use to Member States and other stakeholders in enhancing existing, and in developing new and comprehensive, action plans on violence against women.