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[headlines] International Women's Day - 8 March

2013-03-08 08:31:38

UN Women Executive Director calls for action on ending violence against women in message for International Women’s Day

(New York, 5 March) In her message for International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet called on the international community to deliver on their commitments and to protect women’s right to live free of violence. This year’s International Women’s Day coincides with the focus on ending violence against women at the UN Commission on the Status of Women— the annual gathering where countries agree on frameworks to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights.

One of the greatest challenges of our times, violence against women and girls affects up to seven in ten women worldwide. Occurring in multiple forms in all countries and settings, it impacts women and their communities, hampering development, and also costing countries billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and lost productivity.

Reiterating that change is possible and happening in many parts of the world already, Ms. Bachelet called on all Governments to accelerate progress and concrete policy actions to end violence against women. “This year on International Women’s Day, we say enough is enough. Discrimination and violence against women and girls has no place in the 21st century. It is time for Governments to keep their promises and protect human rights in line with the international conventions and agreements that they signed onto. A promise is a promise,” she said.

UN Women Press release



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