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Addressing a virtual commemoration of the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “the COVID-19 crisis has further exposed violence against women and girls as a global emergency requiring urgent action.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Close up, United Nations flag

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The COVID-19 crisis has further exposed violence against women and girls as a global emergency requiring urgent action. Rates of violence, in particular domestic violence, have dramatically escalated around the world. It is clear that the pandemic has exacerbated risk factors and laid bare the shortcomings of previous efforts to prevent and respond to this shocking emergency.”

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3. Wide shot, United Nations flag

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Millions of women are being pushed further into poverty by the COVID-19 crisis, and all forms of violence against them are rising. In this context, the global community must continue to build on the momentum we have created to prioritize the voices, experiences and needs of women and girls. We must take into account the needs of women who experience violence, particularly those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. This means emerging from this crisis with women’s leadership front and centre in constructing the solutions we need.”

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5. Wide shot, United Nations flag

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have already made much progress in highlighting violence against women and girls as one of the most pressing issues of our time. But we must go further – much further. Violence against women and girls is a horrible and widespread affront to their human rights, and a blight on all our societies.”

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7. Wide shot, United Nations flag

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicole Kidman, Goodwill Ambassador, UN Women:
“One of the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is that the home is not a safe place for so many women and so many girls who are subject to domestic violence. But as many countries open up after COVID-19, we do have a chance to create a new normal, a future without violence against women.”

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9. Wide shot, United Nations flag

STORYLINE:

Addressing a virtual commemoration of the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women, Secretary-General António Guterres today (25 Nov) said, “the COVID-19 crisis has further exposed violence against women and girls as a global emergency requiring urgent action.”

Noting that domestic violence rates “have dramatically escalated around the world,” Guterres said it was “clear that the pandemic has exacerbated risk factors and laid bare the shortcomings of previous efforts to prevent and respond to this shocking emergency.”

The Secretary-General said, “millions of women are being pushed further into poverty by the COVID-19 crisis, and all forms of violence against them are rising,” and the global community “must continue to build on the momentum we have created to prioritize the voices, experiences and needs of women and girls.”

He said, “we must take into account the needs of women who experience violence, particularly those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. This means emerging from this crisis with women’s leadership front and centre in constructing the solutions we need.”

Guterres said, “violence against women and girls is a horrible and widespread affront to their human rights, and a blight on all our societies,” and stressed the need to go “much further” in highlighting violence against women and girls “as one of the most pressing issues of our time.”

Also addressing the meeting, UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman said, “one of the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is that the home is not a safe place for so many women and so many girls who are subject to domestic violence.”

The Academy Awards wining actress said, “as many countries open up after COVID-19, we do have a chance to create a new normal, a future without violence against women.”

The Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls, focuses on amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls.

This year’s theme for the International Day is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” As in previous years, this year's International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2020, which is International Human Rights Day.
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