Governments urged to prioritize tackling violence against women

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Rashida Manjoo. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Governments around the world have been urged to prioritize tackling violence against women in their national political agendas.

The call has come from Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, in her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Ms Manjoo called for the adoption of different measures to counter the problem around the world.

The UN independent expert noted that there is no legally binding agreement at the international level to address the issue.

Ms Manjoo said she has been encouraged by the milestones achieved in advancing women's rights and equality twenty years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Despite progress, she added, persistent and new sets of challenges hinder efforts to promote and protect the human rights of women.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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