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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Saturday, November 26th 2016 - 11:26 UTC
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“Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies”, said Ban Ki-moon in his message  “Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies”, said Ban Ki-moon in his message

By UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.

 Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. When women cannot work as a result of violence, their employment may be put at risk, jeopardizing much-needed income, autonomy and their ability to leave abusive relationships. Violence against women also results in lost productivity for businesses, and drains resources from social services, the justice system and health-care agencies. Domestic and intimate partner violence remains widespread, compounded by impunity for those crimes. The net result is enormous suffering as well as the exclusion of women from playing their full and rightful roles in society.

The world cannot afford to pay this price. Women and girls cannot afford it – and should not have to. Yet such violence persists every day, around the world. And efforts to address this challenge, although rich in political commitment, are chronically under-funded.

Since 2008, I have led the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women, which calls for global action to increase resources and promote solutions. I call on governments to show their commitment by dramatically increasing national spending in all relevant areas, including in support of women’s movements and civil society organizations. I also encourage world leaders to contribute to UN Women and to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. We look as well to the private sector, philanthropies and concerned citizens to do their part.

Today, we are seeing the world lit up in orange, symbolizing a bright future for women and girls. With dedicated investment, we can keep these lights shining, uphold human rights and eliminate violence against women and girls for good.

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  • DemonTree

    @ ChrisR
    “What about women and girls in Islamic countries who have rape, being handed out to her husbands friends for sex and all the other disgraceful treatment they have to endure?”

    Yes, that's exactly the kind of the thing he is talking about stopping! Exactly what part of what he has said do you think is crap?

    You're all very opposed to violence against women in theory it seems, but in practice if someone suggests doing something about it, out come the excuses.

    For example Bisley's. Abolishing Islam is far beyond the ability of the UN, they are quite right to concentrate on the things they can actually do to improve the situation.

    If violence against women is a problem in for example Uruguay then Uruguay should try and fix it, not sit around whining that it's worse in Saudi Arabia.

    Nov 27th, 2016 - 01:08 am +2
  • ChrisR

    “Today, we are seeing the world lit up in orange, symbolizing a bright future for women and girls. With dedicated investment, we can keep these lights shining, uphold human rights and eliminate violence against women and girls for good.”

    What a good thing this idiot is leaving if he really believes this crap.

    What about women and girls in Islamic countries who have rape, being handed out to her husbands friends for sex and all the other disgraceful treatment they have to endure?

    It shows the feminist movement up for what it is, insecure females carping about having to compete with men in the working place. Ah diddum's!

    Nov 26th, 2016 - 07:30 pm 0
  • Bisley

    Until the UN proposes the abolition, or drastic reform, of Islam, which is the most blatant suppressor of women's rights (and the source of numerous other problems), we will know that their statements are nonsense intended to make people think they're doing something.

    Nov 26th, 2016 - 10:50 pm -1
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