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A Cambodian acid attack survivor who was assaulted by her brother-in-law when she threatened to report him for selling his two year-old daughter to traffickers. Photo: UN Trust Fund/P. Borges

Violence against women affects more than survivors: ESCAP chief

Up to 70 per cent of women in some Asia-Pacific countries have suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

That data has been provided by the UN office for the region, ESCAP, which on Monday commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at its headquarters in Bangkok.

In her opening statement, ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr Shamshad Akhtar pointed out that the "ripple effects" of violence reach far beyond survivors and their children.

"Violence has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses to losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall socioeconomic development," she said.

The commemoration also included a panel discussion on innovative financing from diverse sources to support efforts aimed at preventing and ending violence against women and girls in the region.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed annually on 25 November.

Saudi Arabia provides US$67 for projects in Gaza, West Bank and Jordan

Saudi Arabia has contributed US$67 million to support projects in Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan, the UN office which assists Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) has reported.

This follows the signing of three agreements by the heads of the Saudi Fund for Development and the UN agency in East Jerusalem on Monday.

The funding will support the reconstruction of shelters and the furnishing of health centres and schools.

Saudi Arabia has contributed more than US$150 million to UNRWA this year, making it the agency's second largest donor after the United States of America.

WFP chief visits Lao People's Democratic Republic

The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is on a two-day visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic to monitor its progress towards achieving Zero Hunger.

Ertharin Cousin will also be studying how her agency can support the South-East Asian nation in achieving Middle Income Country status by supporting food and nutrition security for all citizens.

The World Bank defines Middle Income Countries as having per capita gross national income of US$1,026 to US$12,475.

Ms Cousin will also meet with government officials and representatives from the international community.

She also will travel to remote areas of the country to see how WFP and its partners are working to support communities with achieving food access.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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