Violence against women and girls a "global pandemic": UN chief

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United Nations Secretariat shines in orange light kicking off Orange YOUR Neighbourhood anti-violence campaign for the International Day to End Violence against Women. November 2014. UN Photo/E. Debebe

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Women, for which this year's theme is Orange Your Neighbourhood.

Orange, the uniting colour chosen by the UN for advocacy efforts against gender-based violence, was worn by many activists on Tuesday.

The UN chief said he is showing his personal support by wearing an orange tie.

” This year's theme of Orange Your Neighbourhood promises grassroots action to raise awareness in local communities. We learn of horrific crimes of violence against women and girls on a daily basis. This is outrageous, and it must stop.” (0'21")

Mr Ban added it is up to everyone to play their part as women's rights are not only women's business.

He said men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle, as shown through the HeForShe campaign launched two months ago by UN Women, the UN agency for gender equality.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’15″

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