2010-11-24 16:31:43

UN calls on corporate sector to help eliminate violence against women

(November 24, 2010) The United Nations has made a strong call for the elimination of violence against women. The corporate sector must engage more closely in the fight against the global pandemic of violence against women and girls, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, stressing the importance role of business leaders in eliminating the scourge. Ban’s comments came during an address at UN headquarters in New York to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is observed annually on 25 November. “Today is a call to action – action to eliminate Violence against Women,” he said. “More and more people realize that gender-based violence is everybody’s problem and that everybody is responsible for stopping it.”
This year’s International Day focuses on promoting leadership by the corporate sector in ending gender-based violence, a theme Ban emphasized in his meeting with a number of business partners. He also used the occasion to highlight his ‘UNiTE to End Violence against Women’ campaign. Launched by the Secretary-General in 2008, the campaign calls for all countries to put in place strong laws, action plans, preventive measures, data collection, and systematic efforts to address sexual violence by 2015.

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