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Title: Anti-Domestic Violence against Women Forum Held in Beijing
Category: Achievements
Keyword: Anti-Domestic Violence, Women, Forum

An Anti-Domestic Violence against Women Forum, co-sponsored by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was held in Beijing on September 28th, 2014.

The forum aimed to highlight the joint achievements made by the ACWF and the UNFPA in their efforts to end domestic violence against women in China, hold discussions with attendees about hot topics in connection with family violence against women, and provide the domestic legislative departments with theoretical and practical assistance in their efforts to draft legal terms on anti-domestic violence against women.

Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, Secretary General of the Chinese Women's Research Society (CWRS) and President of the Women's Studies Institute of China Tan Lin delivered an address at the forum, in which she reviewed the achievements made by China in its efforts to fight against domestic violence against women over the past two decades.

China has made remarkable progress in the war against domestic violence in terms of social awareness, legislation and regulations, and innovative social management, since it enacted the national policy on gender equality 20 years ago.

So far, a total of 29 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across the country have promulgated their own laws and regulations to crack down on domestic violence against women and have accumulated fruitful experience in their work in the field concerned. Meanwhile, China's National People's Congress (NPC) has also worked on its legislative efforts to deal with domestic violence against women, which further highlights the importance of the forum under current social circumstances.

At the forum, Tan gave high credit to the joint efforts made by the ACWF and the UNFPA in a charitable program piloted in Liuyang City in South China's Hunan Province, and Chengde County in north China's Hebei Province to fight against family violence against women since 2006. The two regions have championed the roll out of legislation and institutions to curb the occurrence of domestic violence against women, and their efforts have won high recognition from the public.

For her part, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNFPA China Office Soyoltuya Bayaraa said at the forum that concerted efforts should be made by the departments of justice, health and others to prevent the occurrence of family violence against women and meet the needs of female victims of domestic violence.

Attending experts held discussions about how to cope with domestic violence against women, better protect the legal interests of female victims of family violence, and hold those suspected of sexual assault against women and girls accountable for their behavior. In addition, they also talked about useful practices introduced in foreign countries to fight against domestic violence against women.

The one-day forum drew the attendance of United Nations (UN) representatives to China, officials from the National Working Committee on Children and Women under China's State Council, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the National Health and Family Planning Commission and other departments, and experts from educational institutes. 
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