UN Women calls for action to end violence against women, girlsListen /
"Take a stand, speak out and take action every day to end violence against women and girls."
That's the call issued by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka says the global response must tackle the root cause of violence against women which is gender inequality.
"We need education that teaches human rights and mutual respect. We need equal economic opportunities and access to justice for women. We need women's voices to be heard: more women politicians, police and peacekeepers. We need essential services for survivors of violence such as health services, shelters, hot lines, police, justice and legal aid. We need perpetrators brought to justice." (33″)
An estimated one in three women will be subject to violence in her lifetime, notes the head of UN Women.
Ms. Ngcuka urges Member States to make ending violence against women a priority in the post-2015 development agenda.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.