Twentieth century has no place for violence against women: UN Women

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Michelle Bachelet

Violence against women does not only fracture families but also impedes development.

That's what the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, told reporters on Monday at the start of this year's session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women said that violence against women and girls remains a "horrific reality" affecting every country.

"This is what statistics tell us that up to seven in ten that means of course 70 per cent of women globally will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetime. This pandemic strikes the lives of millions of women, fractures families and communities and impedes development, costing also countries billions of dollars each year in health care cost and lost productivity. And I really cannot say strongly enough: the 21st century has no place for violence against women." (32")

Ms. Bachelet disclosed that 187 countries have so far ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Security Council recognize sexual violence as a tactic of war.

She noted that 125 countries have specific laws that penalize domestic violence, but there are still more than 600 million women living in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.

Ms. Bachelet stressed that governments are the main drivers of ending the pandemic of violence that affects women and girls worldwide.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration: 1'27"

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