Women against Violence: Breaking the Silence
Edited by ANA MARIA BRASILEIRO
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) was created as a result of the energetic advocacy of women at the 1975 International Women's Year (IWY) Tribune in Mexico City. Established by the United Nations in 1976 as the Voluntary Fund for the UN Decade for Women, UNIFEM became an autonomous organization within the UN family in 1985. UNIFEM's mission is to promote the economic and political empowerment of women in developing countries. UNIFEM works to ensure the participation of women in all levels of development planning and practice. UNIFEM also acts as a catalyst within the UN system for efforts to link the needs and concerns of women to all critical issues on the national, regional and global agenda. This collection of articles is the fourth of a four-part series that reflects on UNIFEM's experience with projects and programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The views expressed in this book are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of UNIFEM, the United Nations or any of its affiliated organizations.
Women Against Violence: Breaking the Silence
© 1997 The United Nations Development Fund for Women
United Nations Development Fund for Women
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"Violence against women is pervasive not just in war or refugee camps but on the street, in the workplace, and in the home. Domestic violence not only causes physical suffering but disrupts women's lives and blocks their individual growth and participation in society...
One cannot ignore another kind of violence against women - from which the first derives - the violence of economic systems that do not value the contributions women make."
- Noeleen Heyzer, World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen, March 1995
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