UN women’s commission begins annual session with call to stop gender-based violence

4 March 2013 – The United Nations commission focusing on women today kicked off its annual session with a call to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global scourge that affects millions around the world.

“Ending violence against women is a matter of life and death,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the opening of the two-week session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. “The problem pervades all countries, even in the most stable and developed regions.”

Mr. Eliasson stressed that it will take multiple approaches to tackle this issue, from governments implementing policies to empower victims and prosecute perpetrators, to creating a culture where gender stereotypes are broken by encouraging men and boys to take an equal share of responsibilities in their home and families.

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source: UN New center