World Future Council partners with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women to highlight solutions to a global human rights emergency
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Hamburg/Geneva/New York, 6 June 2014 – Twenty-five policies on ending violence against women and girls have been nominated for the Future Policy Award 2014. This was announced by the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women today. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive and predominant forms of human rights abuses in the world.
One in three women worldwide will suffer sexual and/or physical violence in her lifetime. A human rights violation of pandemic proportions, the pervasive violence also impedes economic development and poverty reduction by limiting women’s choices and their ability to act. Tackling violence against women on all levels is, therefore, also a necessary prerequisite for gender equality and sustainable development.
The 25 nominated policies competing for the prestigious prize represent all continents. The nominations were put forward by international organizations, NGOs and noted experts in the field. They represent the wide range of policy dimensions: from comprehensive international treaties and national action plans to measures that ensure coordinated support of women who report an attack and press charges. The nominated laws and policies will be analyzed in a thorough evaluation process and assessed by a high-level jury.
The winners will be announced by the World Future Council in October 2014, in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women. For the first time, the award ceremony will be held at the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Assembly in Geneva, for which more than 1200 delegates from among 164 national Parliaments will gather.
The Future Policy Award is the first and only award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. Since 2009 it has been awarded in a different policy field each year to showcase existing and working policy solutions to an international audience.
Future Policy Award
The Future Policy Award is designed to alert policymakers and the public to the importance of best practice in lawmaking and highlight outstanding examples of regulatory vision. The Award draws attention to existing sustainable policies and demonstrates that when political will is asserted, positive change can happen. Celebrating visionary policies raises public awareness, encourages rapid learning and speeds up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies. For more information, see www.worldfuturecouncil.org/future_policy_award.html
Previous Future Policy Award Topics:
2012: Oceans and Coasts
2009: Food Security
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