Celebrating Innovative Policy Solutions for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
Our Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. The 2014 Future Policy Award will celebrate policies that address one of the most pervasive human rights abuses that humanity is facing: violence against women and girls.
One in three women worldwide will suffer a form of violence in their lifetime. By restricting women’s choices and limiting their ability to act, the continuation of violence against women is not only an unacceptable human rights violation - it also has serious consequences for economic development and poverty reduction. It undermines the achievement of other internationally agreed development goals, including education, child health, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and overall sustainable development. Policy makers from a diversity of sectors urgently need to address the multiple dimensions of this global scourge, and solutions will include preventive measures against violence, protection of victims/survivors, provision of support services and prosecution of perpetrators.
Experts were invited to nominate best policies on ending violence against women and girls. The policies (they could be laws, regulations, standards, action plans) could originate in different policy arenas. The nominated laws and policies are local, national, regional or international in nature, and should be in existence for long enough to prove effective implementation.
Announcement of the Winners and Award Ceremony
The winning laws and policies will be announced by the World Future Council in October 2014, in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The award ceremony will be held at the Inter-Parliamentary Union's 131st Assembly in Geneva, a gathering of 1200 delegates from 170 Parliaments around the world.
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