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Good morning, this is Michelle. To kick off 2024, we bring you news of an initiative to keep tabs on. A group of countries from the global South discreetly launched at the end of December a call for a UN protocol to end violence against women. They told us to expect lobbying efforts in Geneva and beyond.

Among some of the reflections you might have missed between the dinner parties and fireworks is a fatalistic view on the SDGs and a breakdown of what international Geneva will be looking out for over the next year.

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Michelle Langrand


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An artwork display in Bonn, Germany on 25 November 2020 on the occasion of ​​the International Day Against Domestic Violence. (Unsplash/Mika Baumeister)

Ending violence against women: can a UN protocol make a difference? A record 89,000 women were intentionally killed in 2022, including more than 130 killed every day by a partner or relative. This is just one of the many forms of violence against women and girls that Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Antigua and Barbuda and Sierra Leone are hoping to tackle through a globally agreed framework. But the diplomatic road ahead is fraught with deep divides.

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