No to all forms of violence against women, says head of UN WomenListen /
Governments around the world are being urged not to allow disagreements and indecision to block progress for the world's women.
The call comes from Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, the United Nations agency to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in her message for International Women's Day on 8 March.
She says as the day is being observed this year, representatives of governments and activists are at the United Nations for the largest international gathering on ending violence against women.
Ms. Bachelet says her message for the day has two sides: hope and outrage.
She says it is a message of hope because of rising awareness and actions for women's rights and a message of outrage because women and girls continue to suffer high levels of discrimination, violence and exclusion.
“Today and everyday we say no. No to discrimination and violence against women and girls. No to domestic violence and abuse. No to rape and sexual violence. No to human trafficking and sexual slavery. No to female genital mutilation. No to child brides and child marriage. No to murders committed in the name of honour or passion. No to femicide. No to impunity. But we say yes to peace, human rights, justice and equality." (32")
Ms. Bachelet is calling on the international community to work together for prevention and education and for programmes that provide essential services to the victims and survivors of violence.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.