Preventing violence against women

What is the RESPECT framework?

“RESPECT Women: Preventing violence against women,” is an evidence-based framework for policy makers to strengthen and scale up efforts to prevent violence against women.It was launched in 2019 by UN Women and the World Health Organization (WHO) together with twelve other United Nations (UN), bilateral and multilateral agencies. Globally, nearly 1 in 3 women 15 years and older have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner, or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. We know that violence against women is preventable, and that policy makers play a critical role.

RESPECT outlines a set of action-oriented steps to support policy makers and programme implementers to design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes using seven strategies to prevent violence against women. Each letter of R-E-S-P-E-C-T represents one of these strategies. The framework, grounded in a gender equality and human rights approach, builds on an increasing body of evidence on what works to prevent violence against women.