Algeria: 60+ participants work together for a collective response to Gender-based Violence

Algiers, Algeria – 20 February 2022

Gender-based violence targets and affects women and girls disproportionately. About 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced sexual and other forms of violence. To end all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5.2, comprehensive and multi-sectoral solutions are required.

The Government of Algeria and UNODC organized an event for more than 60 participants from the main institutions actively part of the national response against Gender-based Violence (GBV) to discuss concrete and operational measures and steps to enhance coordination to efficiently prosecute GBV cases while ensuring adequate protection and assistance to women and girls victims of violence. This is part of the joint UNODC-UNFPA programme “Support for the Algerian fight against violence against women and girls, including support for their protection and assistance” in partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, the event allowed for wide exchanges on relevant national data, achievements, good practices and coordination challenges. This discussion provided ideas to develop a set of recommendations to increase necessary nationwide action in line with the national strategy on violence against women and girls.

Some of the recommendations noted the need for enhancing violent acts’ reporting mechanisms and multi-sectoral coordination efforts, increasing awareness-raising campaigns and data exchange, utilizing school and education to engage youth in the issue, and undertaking a relevant mapping of stakeholders to provide better services to survivors of GBV.

For more information visit the UNODC GBV webpage