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UN Women Confronting the Global Pandemic of Gender-Based Violence

By: ATN News

Embarking on an annual crusade against the pervasive specter of gender-based violence, UN Women commenced its UN-wide campaign on November 25, coinciding with the International Day to End Violence against Women. A clarion call for change resonated through the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, urging governments, institutions, and citizens to rally under the theme "UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls."

Championed by civil society groups globally, this collective effort garnered formidable support from the United Nations, aligning with the Secretary General’s initiative, UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women. Beyond the rhetoric, this campaign sought to spotlight the persistent crisis afflicting 736 million women—nearly one in three—subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, a staggering statistic inclusive of non-partner sexual violence or both. Equally disconcerting is the fact that 86 percent of women and girls navigate environments lacking robust legal protection or reside in regions where data on this issue is scant.

Eradicating intimate partner violence, as evidenced by these stark figures, remains an unattained goal on the global stage. Despite the magnitude of this predicament and the alarming trends it underscores, financial commitments to the cause of violence prevention remain dishearteningly meager. This incongruity between the imperative for action and the limited resources allocated to this critical cause unveils a sobering paradox.

The resonant plea from UN Women reverberates across the corridors of power, imploring leaders worldwide to summon the political will necessary for a decisive response. At the core of this appeal lies the strategic focus on prevention—investing in tools, strategies, and structures capable of fortifying societies against the persistent scourge of violence faced by women and girls. This imperative resonates with the broader agenda of gender equality outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals, charting a trajectory toward a more just and equitable world by 2030.

In a world grappling with multifaceted challenges, each concerted effort to prevent violence against women becomes a pivotal stride toward a future characterized by safety, equality, and prosperity. As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence unfold, a pressing question echoes: How steadfast is the global community in its commitment to dismantle the chains that bind women to a cycle of violence? The answer transcends rhetoric, demanding tangible investments, enacted policies, and a collective will committed to eradicating this societal menace. The journey to authentic equality necessitates unwavering commitment, with the 16 Days of Activism serving as a poignant testament to the collective resolve required to reshape a world where violence against women is relegated to the annals of history.


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