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US: UN Launches campaign to Fight Violence Against Women

WASHINGTON: The United Nations on Monday launched a seven-year campaign to intensify its action to end violence against females.

An announcement from the world body said that at least one out of every three women in the world is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to its estimates. One in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape, it says, adding that trafficking, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, dowry murder, honour killings and female infanticide are other widespread aspects of the problem.

“Violence against women and girls makes its hideous imprint on every continent, country and culture,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.

“It is time to focus on the concrete actions that all of us can and must take to prevent and eliminate this scourge ... It is time to break through the walls of silence, and make legal norms a reality in women’s lives.”

The campaign will aim to mobilise public opinion to ensure that policy makers at the highest level work to prevent and eradicate violence against women. A key target will be to secure political will and increased resources from governments, international institutions, UN entities, the private sector and other donors for policies and programmes to deal with the problem.

The UN secretary general is calling on world leaders, men and women, to lead national campaigns to end violence against women. Running from 2008 to 2015 to coincide with the target date of the Millennium Development Goals.

SOURCE: Daily Times

AUTHOR: Khalid Hasan

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DATE: 04/03/2008

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