United Nations Human Settlements Programme


United Nations Avenue, Gigiri. P.O. Box 30030, 00100. Nairobi, Kenya



The mission of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations system to reduce urban poverty and promote sustainable development within the context of the Millennium Development Goals and the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world.

Policy framework

UN-Habitat’s work is guided by the Habitat Agenda, which also addresses women’s safety (article 123).

Areas of Focus

The key focus of UN-Habitat’s work in the area of violence against women is on the role and rationale for local government interventions and policy. UN-Habitat’s work on violence against women is conducted within the framework of its Safer Cities Programme, which aims to build capacities at city level to adequately address urban insecurity and thereby to contribute to the establishment of a culture of prevention.


Preventing Gender-based violence in the Horn, East and Southern Africa, A regional Dialogue, Raising Voices and UN-Habitat, 2004

Rethinking Domestic Violence, A training process for community activists, Raising Voices, Dipak Naker and Lori Michau, 2004