Urges Member States to ensure that all forms of violence against women are, in the absence of existing laws, legislatively proscribed; further urges Member States to undertake strategies, develop policies and disseminate materials to promote women's safety in the home and in society at large, including specific crime prevention strategies that reflect the realities of women's lives and address their distinct needs in areas such as social development, environmental design and educational programmes in crime prevention; urges Member States and international and regional organizations to take all measures required for the protection of women and children from rape, systematic rape, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy; urges UN entities and the institutes comprising the programme network to continue and to improve training concerning the human rights of women and issues of gender bias and violence against women for all UN personnel and officials; calls upon Governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, as appropriate, to translate strategies for Confronting Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual and to ensure its wide dissemination for use in training and education programmes.
Adopted at the 45th plenary meeting, 23 July 1996. In: Resolutions and decisions of the Economic and Social Council, organizational session for 1996, New York, 25 Jan. and 6-9 Feb. 1996; resumed organizational session for 1996, New York, 2 Apr. and 2-3 May 1996; substantive session of 1996, New York, 24 June-26 July 1996; resumed substantive session of 1996, New York, 10 Oct. and 13-14 and 20 Nov. 1996 - E/1996/96 - p. 34-37 - (ESCOR, 1996, Suppl. no. 1).