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The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign – running from 25 November until 10 December – under the theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”.
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Together we can begin to bend the curve down and bring the scourge of violence against women and girls to an end. –Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, at the UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave the key note address at the “Justice and Response – Ending Gender-Based Violence in Barbados” event to supportThe Memorandum of Understanding being signed by the Office of the Attorney General and UN Women Caribbean MCO that will boost efforts to end gender-based violence.
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The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Considered the most comprehensive blueprint on advancing women’s rights, the 1995 Beijing roadmap was adopted by 189 governments. But 20 years on, the commitments made are only partially fulfilled.
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As we observe for 2011, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, we can affirm the growing rejection by all sectors of society of a culture of tolerance and/or indifference to acts of violence against women.