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UN Secretary General urges global action to end violence against women

UN chief urges global action to end violence against women UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (PAKISTAN PRESS): Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, calling for collective global action on this cause. “Violence against women is fundamentally about power,” Guterres said in his remarks alongside UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a special event held at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is annually observed on Nov. 25. “It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality,” he stressed, adding that his policy on gender parity in the United Nations is one step towards achieving this goal. The secretary-general noted that every woman and every girl have the right to a life free of violence, but this right is violated in a variety of ways in every community, with more than one in three women worldwide face violence throughout their lifetime.This violence, the most visible sign of pervasive patriarchy and chauvinism, directly impacts women’s physical and psychological health. It affects whole families, communities and societies. While it continues, States will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by them in 2015. “There is increasing recognition that violence against women is a major barrier to the fulfilment of human rights, and a [...]