Heads of Vienna-based UN organizations call on men to actively promote gender equality
8 March 2019 - Vienna, Austria - On the occasion of International Women's Day, Heads of the Vienna-based United Nations organizations and International Gender Champions met to discuss how men can play an active role in promoting gender equality. [Read more]

Empowering Women criminal justice officials in the national counter terrorism response
7 March 2019 - Erbil, Iraq -  After ISIL's military defeat at the hands of the Iraqi army in 2017, terrorism and violent extremism continue to pose challenges to the country. [Read more]

Modern judicial challenges, such as gender and AI, at the heart of debates in Seoul
19 December 2018 - Seoul, South Korea - Judicial integrity, one of the pillars upon which rule of law rests, depends on a long list of factors which continues to be adapted in a fast-changing world. While national contexts vary, judiciaries often face comparable challenges in ensuring independence and integrity in their respective countries, and they agree on the need to ensure that guidelines on judicial matters remain current. [Read more]

Home, the most dangerous place for women, with majority of female homicide victims worldwide killed by partners or family, UNODC study says
5 November 2018 - Vienna, Austria - Around 87,000 women were killed around the world last year, some 50,000 - or 58 per cent - at the hands of intimate partners or family members. This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know, according to new research published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  [Read more]         

Prosecutors from Africa and Europe agree closer cooperation against human trafficking and migrant smuggling
27 September 2018 -
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt - Dismantling smuggling networks in countries along the Mediterranean routes and protecting migrants requires close collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination. [Read more]  

Government, Youth and UN Agencies Launch 100 Days Against Trafficking in Persons Campaign in Krygyzstan
27 September 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR -   In Lao PDR, w orkshops were held in support of the GLO.ACT work plan to assist in building capacity of lawyers on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and the Smuggling of Migrants (SOM), with the specific objective of helping Lao PDR to strengthen their criminal justice response to human trafficking and migrant smuggling. [Read more] Government, Youth and UN Agencies Launch 100 Days Against Trafficking in Persons Campaign in Krygyzstan
20 September 2018 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan -  "100 Days Against Trafficking in Persons" is a national awareness raising campaign among public on trafficking in persons and irregular migration in Kyrgyzstan. The campaign is a part of the Kyrgyz Government's Programme on Combatting Trafficking in Persons for 2017-2020 which unites efforts of government stakeholders and civil society to fight this crime. [Read more]
Lawyers, specialized in family law, receive training on guidelines for assistance to child victims of human trafficking
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September 2018 - Bogotá, Colombia - 
UNODC, under the framework of the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants, and the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) conducted on 14 September 2018 in Bogotá the first training on the ICBF technical guidelines for the care of child and adolescent victims of trafficking in persons. [Read more]
GLO.ACT supports the V National Meeting of State Commissions for the Eradication of Slave Labour
18 September 2018 - Ilhéus, Brazil -  The Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants organized alongside the Ministry of Human Rights, the Ministry of Justice, the International Labour Organization ... [Read more]
GLO.ACT meets with Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to initiate discussions on human trafficking and migrant smuggling data development
17 September 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR - Technical government officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare met with staff of GLO.ACT on 12 September 2018, to exchange information ... [Read more]
South Sudan: UNODC resumes partnership to Combat Trafficking in Persons
13 September 2018 - Juba, South Sudan - Trafficking in persons is a global problem affecting the lives of millions of people around the world and robbing them of their dignity. Its occurrence can be aggravated in situations of conflict and post-conflict ... [Read more]
September: the month against Human Trafficking in Panama
13 September 2018 - Panama City, Panama - UNODC ROPAN supports the initiative of the Ministry of Security with its new campaign for the month of September against Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is the 3rd most lucrative business for organized crime and each year millions of people fall into their criminal networks, mainly women and girls who account for 71% of the victims of this crime. [Read more] UNODC Iran and Islamic Republic of Iran Judiciary Conducted Specialized Meetings on Alternatives to Imprisonment and Restorative Justice
05 September 2018 - Tehran, Iran -  UNODC Iran in close cooperation with the Iranian Judiciary held a specialized meeting in Tehran for one hundred twenty Iranian Judges, prosecutors and Police staff on subjects of the alternatives to imprisonment and restorative justice. [Read more]     UNODC coordinates activity on gender violence in university environments at the 12th Meeting of the Brazilian Forum on Public Security

22 August 2018 - Brasilia, Brazil - UNODC coordinated in Brasilia the round of talks "Gender Violence in University Environments" during the 12th Meeting of the Brazilian Forum on Public Security. The activity brought together young women to discuss practices of physical, verbal and emotional violence experienced by women in university settings. [Read more]
GLO.ACT supports the establishment of a network of prosecutors representing each court of appeal in Morocco
15 August 2018 - Tangier, Morocco -  UNODC organized a three-day workshop for 20 prosecutors working on the eradication of criminal networks engaged in Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and the provision of protection to victims. Every Court of Appeal of the Kingdom of Morocco was represented at the workshop in Tangier held from 24 to 26 of July 2018. [Read more]
UNODC Supports Improvement of Access to Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Tajikstan for Injectable Drug Users Among Women
03 August 2018 - Dushanbe, Tajikistan -  From July 23 to July 25, 2018 in Dushanbe, a seminar "Improving access for women who use injected drugs to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support" was organized by UNODC with the financial support of USAID for non-governmental organizations. The NGOs work directly with users of injected drugs among women and provide them with services for HIV prevention and care. [Read more] UNODC Deep Dive Dialogue: "Survivors must be an integral part of the response to human trafficking," say experts
30 July 2018  - New Delhi, India - Calling for stronger collaborations to address trafficking in persons, an eminent panel of experts convened by the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia underscored the need to make survivors an integral part of the dialogue and response to the issue. [Read more]
UNODC Conversations: Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Urges Citizens, Governments to "Act Together" to End Human Trafficking UNODC Conversations: Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Urges Citizens, Governments to "Act Together" to End Human Trafficking

30 July 2018 - New Delhi, India -  Nobel Peace Laureate and renowned child rights activist Mr. Kailash Satyarthi urged citizens to speak out and take a stand against trafficking in persons, while calling sexual abuse of children and women a "moral epidemic" in the society. In an exclusive interaction with UNODC South Asia's Samarth Pathak, Mr. Satyarthi also voiced support to the Trafficking in Persons Bill 2018. [Read more] Advancing justice - and gender equality - through the Global Judicial Integrity NetworkAdvancing justice - and gender equality - through the Global Judicial Integrity Network
28 June 2018  - Every initiative undertaken by UNODC and the entire United Nations family aims to spread equality throughout the world. For a fair, peaceful and just global community, and to achieve SDG 16 for which UNODC works continuously (peace, justice and strong institutions), men and women must be equal in all aspects of work and life. [Read more]  UNODC calls on India's Union Minister of Women and Child Development; offers technical support to curb drugs and crime UNODC calls on India's Union Minister of Women and Child Development; offers technical support to curb drugs and crime
20 June 2018 - New Delhi, India - A UNODC delegation led by Deputy Regional Representative for South Asia, Dr. Suruchi Pant, called on India's Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi recently to extend support to collective efforts aimed at curbing drug abuse and crimes against women & children in India. [Read more]     A new chance for prisoners to mend their future, one stitch at a time A new chance for prisoners to mend their future, one stitch at a time
14 June 2018 - In its commitment to advancing the rule of law, criminal justice and crime prevention, UNODC has been working on the rehabilitation of prisoners, and reducing the possibility of recidivism by investing in their future and changing their outlook on life. Thus, in Member States' penitentiary facilities around the globe, programmes to rehabilitate detainees, rather than merely punish them, are being implemented with the guidance and direct support of UNODC. [Read more]                    First Female Forensic Doctor in Palestine: A Contribution to the Advancement of Women's Rights
June 2018 - Cairo, Egypt - The first National Centre for Forensic Medicine (NCFM) opened in Palestine in 2017 with the financial support from the Government of Canada. Since then, seven graduate forensic doctors have been operating the NCFM. Dr. Hafsa Salameh the first Palestinian woman to work in this field; a matter of pride and a driver for change for her country. [Read more] New UNODC university modules to teach about Trafficking in Persons, a crime that violates fundamental human rights New UNODC university modules to teach about Trafficking in Persons, a crime that violates fundamental human rights
21 May 2018 - Doha, Qatar - UNODC's commitment to preventing crime includes promoting a better understanding of crime in the first place, by working with academics and specialists to identify and clarify the concepts within different issues needing dissemination. [Read more]                           Instituting Transformative Change through gender-responsive programming and evaluation: showcasing UNODC's advancements against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants
15 May 2018 - Vienna, Austria - At the 27 th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), UNODC held a side event to discuss how the office is instituting transformative change through gender-responsive programming and evaluation. [Read more]                      Egypt: Train the trainers to bring perpetrators of violence against women to justice Egypt: Train the trainers to bring perpetrators of violence against women to justice
10 May 2018 - Cairo, Egypt - Over the last years, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ministry of Interior of Egypt have come together to implement a training program for police officers to become trainers in dealing with crimes of violence and crimes of violence against women. [Read more]                                    A New Tool in Support of Sustaining Peace and Development: Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming A New Tool in Support of Sustaining Peace and Development: Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming
7 May 2018 - Vienna, Austria - At the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW'62), UNODC, UN Women, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a jointly produced 'Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming'. [Read more]                                            Palestine: The Launch of the Joint Programme HAYA on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls Palestine: The Launch of the Joint Programme HAYA on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls
7 May 2018 - Ramallah, Palestine - Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations. UNODC will address the urgent issue of VAWG in Palestine in the coming four years within the framework of the joint UN programme " HAYA: Eliminating Violence Against Women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (2018 - 2022)". [Read more]  Palestine: The Launch of the Joint Programme HAYA on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls UNODC and Bolivia launch innovative project for female prisoner vocational training in the field of construction
16 April 2018 - La Paz, Bolivia - UNODC has signed a new technical assistance project around vocational training with the Bolivian Prison Administration to improve and progress the situation of female prisoners. In Bolivia exists a vast number of female inmates convicted for minor offences - many of whom are single mothers and therefore face additional pressure to secure resources by whatever means necessary. [Read more]
Thai Princess and UNODC delegation meet ASEAN Secretary General and visit a prison for women in IndonesiaThai Princess and UNODC delegation meet ASEAN Secretary General and visit a prison for women in Indonesia
2 April 2018 - Jakarta, Indonesia - UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas, and delegations from UNODC and Thailand, met with the new Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Dato Lim Jock Hoi to discuss how best to advance and support SDG 16 together in the region. [Read more]

Pilot Training of Drug use prevention Package among At-risk Women Pilot Training of Drug Use Prevention Package Among At-risk Women
26 March 2018 - Iran - The UNODC Country Office in Iran piloted in collaboration with the Iranian Drug Control Headquarters, a drug use prevention-training package for at-risk women in seven centres located in Tehran and Bushehr. The pilot aimed at reducing the demand for drugs, mitigating the public health and social consequences of drug abuse, and protecting women, children, families and communities from drug addiction and HIV. [Read more]
UN System in Brazil releases note on the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco
UN System in Brazil releases note on the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco
16 March 2018 - Brazil - The United Nations in Brazil is dismayed by the murder of Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco on the night of Wednesday, 14 March. She was one of the leading voices in defense of human rights in the city and was developing a political platform to fight against racism and gender inequalities. [Read more]

Empowering women and girls when tackling drugs and crime: UNODC, United Nations in Vienna launch new gender equality strategy
14 March 2018 - Vienna, Austria - During the 61 st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Director General/Executive Director of UNOV/UNODC officially presented the new UNOV/UNODC Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to Member States. Prominent figures including the Permanent Representative of Sweden to the International Organizations in Vienna, ... [Read more]

UNODC supports Women's Football against Violence, Crime and Drug Use in Kyrgyzstan
9 March 2018 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - On International Women's Day, UNODC and the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic hosted a Women's Football Tournament in Bishkek. 150 girls from Bishkek and various villages surrounding the Kyrgyz capital participated in the tournament. [Read more]



UNODC launches UNODC launches "Chuka" video game to help girls break the silence on gender-based violence
9 March 2018 - Vienna/Mexico City - UNODC has launched "Chuka, Break the Silence", a creative, bespoke video game helping young girls develop ways to respond to psychological, physical and sexual violence. [Read more]

Statement of the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, on International Women's Day
Statement of the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, on International Women's Day
8 March 2018 - Vienna, Austria - International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the towering achievements and immense strengths of women and girls everywhere. It is also a day to reflect on continuing challenges and to agree on joint action to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. [Read more]
The Government of Japan allocates US$6.2 million for improving maternal and child health, and drug control in the Kyrgyz Republic The Government of Japan allocates US$6.2 million for improving maternal and child health, and drug control in the Kyrgyz Republic
6 March 2018 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - The Kyrgyz Republic launched two new initiatives on Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Care Systems, implemented by UNICEF, and another on Supporting Drug Control which will be implemented by UNODC. [Read more]
UNODC Encourages Women Empowerment in West Africa UNODC Encourages Women Empowerment in West Africa
2018 - Socio-cultural barriers and gender inequalities are deeply entrenched in West African societies. The underrepresentation of women professionals among law enforcement and criminal justice agencies result in women's marginalization in decision-making processes. [Read more]
UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Thai Princess visits women's prison to promote reformsUNODC Goodwill Ambassador Thai Princess visits women's prison to promote reforms
25 January 2018 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas, Executive Director of the Thailand Institute of Justice, Kittipong Kittiyarak, senior diplomats, and regional prison managers visited a women's prison in northern Thailand. [Read more] Celebrating women fighting corruption on the International Anti-Corruption Day
Celebrating women fighting corruption on the International Anti-Corruption Day
8 December 2017 - Bangkok, Thailand - Gender inequalities are pervasive within South and Southeast Asia. The literacy rate among men in the region is at 87.5 per cent whereas for women it stands at 79.6 per cent. 80.8 per cent of men actively participate in the labour market whereas women only encompass 57.9 per cent. As a result of corruption, gender inequalities ... [Read more] UNODC joins forces with Mexico to eliminate gender-based violence
UNODC joins forces with Mexico to eliminate gender-based violence
20 November 2017 - Mexico - In order to eliminate gender-based violence, UNODC joined forces with Mexico's National Security Commission to implement a programme which aims to train 8,000 police offers and 1,000 emergency call operators in 19 federal states to identify and provide assistance to gender-based violence victims. [Read more] Award of Excellence bestowed to two port Control Unit female officers
Award of Excellence bestowed to two port Control Unit female officers
30 October 2017 - Tirana, Albania - Two female officers of the Port Control Unit at Durres Port in Albania received the Award of Excellence in a ceremony organized on the United Nations Day. [Read more] Law Enforcement Officers Trained to Respond to Violence against Women
Law Enforcement Officers Trained to Respond to Violence against Women
26 October 2017 - Cairo, Egypt - In Egypt, UNODC collaborated with Egyptian Ministries of Interior and Justice, the Prosecutor General Office, and the National Council for Women to enhance the criminal justice response to cases of violence against women. [Read more] UNODC trains NGO's staff for pilots of drug use prevention among at risk youth and women
UNODC trains NGO's staff for pilots of drug use prevention among at risk youth and women
2 August 2017 - Tehran, Iran - In collaboration with the Drug Control Headquarters (DCHQ) of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNODC conducted three training workshops for experts from 8 NGOs on drug prevention among Iranian and Afghan youth and women. [Read more]
Lake Chad Basin: integrating gender dimensions to fight terrorism Lake Chad Basin: integrating gender dimensions to fight terrorism
Yaoundé, Cameroon - In line with the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (UNGCTS), UNODC and the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a sub-regional workshop on Gender Dimensions of Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism. [Read more] Gender Balance in the UNODC Country Office Pakistan (COPAK)
Gender Balance in the UNODC Country Office Pakistan (COPAK)
Islamabad, Pakistan - Despite Pakistan ranking amongst the countries with the least number of women holding decision making positions, COPAK has successfully achieved and maintained gender balance; four out of the eight senior management positions are currently held by women. [Read more] UNODC continues to combat gender-based violence, meets SADC to strengthen cooperation on criminal justice
UNODC continues to combat gender-based violence, meets SADC to strengthen cooperation on criminal justice
7 July 2017 - With a view to strengthening regional cooperation in addressing gender-based violence from a criminal justice perspective, UNODC and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) recently organized a two-day regional gender workshop. [Read more]
Guidelines on Gender Mainstreaming in the Container Control Programme in South-Eastern Europe launched
3 July 2017 - Tirana, Albania - UNODC launched the Guidelines on Gender Mainstreaming in the WCO-UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP) in South Eastern Europe (SEE). The programme has set up the CCP Women's network that brings together the gender focal points operating within the Customs and Police structures. [Read more] UNODC launches initiative on gender dimensions in fight against terrorism
UNODC launches initiative on gender dimensions in fight against terrorism
15 May 2017 - Nigeria - The international community is increasingly recognizing the importance of integrating a gender perspective into the global fight against terrorism. While women and girls continue to be victims of crimes committed by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and ISIL, recent reports have shown the growing involvement of women in terrorist offences. [Read more] Myanmar strengthens responses to address gender-based violence
Myanmar strengthens responses to address gender based violence
22 March 2017 - Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar - Representatives from the Myanmar Police Force (MPF) and UNODC convened in Nay Pyi Taw to attend a workshop to review areas for reform in the MPF's response to gender based violence. [Read more] One third of global drug users are women, Says the 2016 INCB Annual Report
One third of global drug users are women, says the 2016 INCB Annual Report
6 March 2017 - Cairo, Egypt - The launch of the 2016 INCB Annual Report in the Egyptian capital reveals the alarming statistics of the correlation between the increasing number of female drug users and the low number of female drug treatment recipients. [Read more] South Africa: Are we doing enough to end violence against women?
South Africa: Are we doing enough to end violence against women?
South Africa - A round table discussion, organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, brought together national authorities dealing with social development, health, and women equality along with Police, National Prosecution Authority (NPA), Court and civil society organizations to discuss possible responses to the Gender Based and Sexual Violence in South Africa. [Read more] Thai Princess becomes UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia
Thai Princess becomes UNODC Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia
14 February 2017 - Bangkok, Thailand - UNODC appointed Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand as Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law for Southeast Asia to raise the profile of, and support for, development efforts that address the impact of crime on society… [Read more]
Container Control Programme (CCP) for South Eastern Europe organizes the Second Annual Meeting of Women's Network Container Control Programme (CCP) for South Eastern Europe organizes the Second Annual Meeting of Women's Network
20-21 June 2016 - Podgorica, Montenegro - The UNODC-WCO gender workshop was organized to raise awareness among the female officers of the Joint Port Control Units, national and international stakeholders and CCP female staff on gender equality and related matters. [Read more] Iranian female journalists illustrate the women's role in public awareness and advocacy
Iranian female journalists illustrate the women's role in public awareness and advocacy
25 April 2016 - In March 2016, UNODC Iran joined hand with the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and neighbouring Countries in facilitating the active participation of three Iranian female journalists at the Regional Counter Narcotics Awareness Workshops for Journalists in Bishkek. [Read more] WCO Container Control programme Women's Network highlights West Africa as an example
WCO Container Control programme Women's Network highlights West Africa as an example
25 August 2015 - Vienna, Austria - The UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme met in Vienna to launch its new Women's Network initiative. This meeting brought together CCP staff to discuss how to operationalize the Women's Network. and falls within the scope of the UNODC effort towards gender equality and woman empowerment. [Read more] UNODC Project Launched in Jordan: Towards a child-friendly and gender-sensitive justice system
UNODC Project Launched in Jordan: Towards a child-friendly and gender-sensitive justice system
Amman, Jordan - A joint project by UNODC and UNICEF entitled "Strengthening the Working Methodologies of the Public Security Directorate in Jordan" was launched in the Jordanian capital with the objective of improving access of vulnerable women and children to the justice system and rule of law in Jordan. [Read more]