From Ms. Magazine:
Today marks the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. According to the UN, at least one in three women worldwide “has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.”
Today Ines Alberdi, Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), issued a statement outlining key measures that the UN will put in place to combat violence against women worldwide. She emphasized a number of issues including the importance of:
“prompt police response, health and legal services, free of charge, for poor women and girls; shelter and safe options for women surviving or fleeing life-threatening situations; national hotlines available 24-hours a day to report abuse and seek protection; basic front-line services for emergency and immediate care for women and girls who have suffered abuse and rape; and accountable judiciary and national action plans to end discrimination and promote equality.”
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Read the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, by clicking here.