United Nations Statistics Division (Department for Economic and Social Affairs)

UN Women
United Nations, New York, NY 10017. USA



The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has four main functions: 1) the collection, processing and dissemination of statistical information; 2) the standardization of statistical methods, classifications and definitions; 3) implementation of the technical cooperation programme; and 4) the coordination of international statistical programmes and activities.

Policy framework

The Beijing Platform for Action invited national, regional and international statistical services to develop improved data on the victims and perpetrators of all forms of violence against women (para. 206 (j)).

Areas of Focus

UNSD contributes to strengthening the knowledge base on violence against women through statistical analysis and dissemination. Its five-yearly publication, The World’s Women 2000: Trends and Statistics, contains a section on violence against women. The 2005 edition, The World’s Women: Progress in Statistics, describes the current state of statistics on violence against women and identifies gaps and challenges. Since February 2008, UNSD has supported the work of the United Nations Statistical Commission to develop an agreed set of indicators on violence against women.


The World’s Women 2005: Progress in Statistics. United Nations New York, NY, with a section on violence against women


The World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics. United Nations New York, NY, with a section on violence against women