UN / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WRAP

25-Feb-2008 00:03:29
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launches the global campaign to end violence against women, calling on the Security Council to set up a mechanism dedicated to monitoring violence against women and girls adding that "violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." UNTV / UNFPA / UNICEF

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DATELINE: 25 FEBRUARY 2008, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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RECENT – UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters

25 FEBRUARY 2008, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General's arrival to the conference and handshake
3. Zoom out, audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General:
"At least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Through the practice of prenatal sex selection, countless others are denied the right even to exist. No country, no culture, no woman young or old is immune to this scourge. Far too often, the crimes go unpunished, the perpetrators walk free".
5. Wide shot, delegates from Sudan and Sri Lanka
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General:
"There is no blanket approach to fighting violence against women. What works in one country may not lead to desired results in another. Each nation must devise its own strategy. But there is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable".
7. Wide shot, Secretary-General leaving podium
8. Med shot, Secretary-General joins audience to blow whistles signifying the start of the campaign

25 FEBRUARY 2008, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

9. Wide shot, press conference podium
10. Wide shot, reporters listening
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Assistant Secretary-General Rachel Mayanja, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women:
"As we know that the trafficking involves largely girls and women. We are concerned that this human trafficking could lead to a lot of women losing their organs without even being told what is going to happen to them".

12. Wide shot, reporters listening
13. Wide shot, press conference podium

22 FEBRUARY 2008, UNTV STUDIO, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Aimable Mushabe, Rwandan military officer:
"Our battalions are always on rotation in Sudan in peacekeeping mission, so every battalion is being prepared for the mission, we do this to raise the consciousness of the battalions what is all about gender based violence in situation of the conflict."

FILE: UNTV - JULY 2006, OTASH CAMP, DARFUR, SUDAN

15. Wide shot, Otash Camp
16. Wide shot, women walking in camp
17. Various shots, soldiers escorting women

22 FEBRUARY 2008, UNTV STUDIO, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Aimable Mushabe, Rwandan military officer:
"We tell them (soldiers) that there is no way you can talk about total security when our mothers, our sisters, our wives continue to suffer under that serious crime."

UNTV - JULY 2006, OTASH CAMP, DARFUR, SUDAN

19. Wide shot, woman with a child


STORYLINE:

As part of the opening of the 52nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women – the Secretary-General today launched his multi-year campaign to end violence against women. Hundreds of people blew whistles in unison to signify the start of the campaign.

In his remarks to the Commission, the Secretary-General said that violence against women is an issue that cannot wait. He noted that statistics show at least one woman in three is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

Mr. Ban called on the Security Council to establish a mechanism dedicated to monitoring violence against women and girls, under the framework of resolution 1325. He also added that while there is no blanket approach to this problem that works in all countries, there is one universal truth: "violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable".

Later at a press conference, Assistant Secretary-General Rachel Mayanja, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, was asked about the issue of organ transplantation and organ trafficking. She said that since trafficking largely involves girls and women it could lead to a lot of women losing their organs without even being told what is going to happen to them.

Ms. Mayanja also outlined the steps taken by the United Nations and the Council of Europe (CoE), including a joint UN-CoE study on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of the organs.

Captain Aimable Mushabe, a Rwandan military officer, who also participated in this press conference, talked to UN Television about the joint program between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) implementing measures to protect women against violence.

He said his battalions are trained to be aware of the issue of gender based violence. And he tells the soldiers that there is no way you can talk about total security when our mothers, our sisters, our wives in Rwanda "continue to suffer under that serious crime."
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