UN chief pledges to combat violence against womenSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 09/03/2013 4:53 pm in World / no comments
UNITED NATIONS, March 8 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Friday renewed his pledge towards combating violence against women, stressing that all women and girls should have a fundamental human right to live free of violence.
In a statement delivered here in commemoration of International Women’s Day, Ban highlighted the plight of young women and the abuse they live with.
“One young woman was gang-raped to death. Another committed suicide out of a sense of shame that should have attached to the perpetrators. Young teens were shot at close range for daring to seek an education,” said Ban, who believed such attacks on women have sparked a global outrage and are part of a bigger problem that pervades virtually all societies.
“As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future,” said Ban in the statement.
Ban declared that UN would prosecute crimes against women and never allow women to be subjected to punishments for the abuses they have suffered.
“We renew our pledge to combat this global health menace wherever it may lurk in homes and businesses, in war zones and placid countries, and in the minds of people who allow violence to continue,” Ban said.
Convening the largest-ever assembly on ending violence against women this week, the UN is advancing its system to combat the problem, based on “the simple but powerful premise that all women and girls have a fundamental human right to live free of violence, ” according to the statement.
In addition, the UN chief made a special promise to women in conflict situations, where sexual violence too often becomes a tool of war aimed at humiliating the enemy by destroying their dignity.
“The United Nations stands with you,” said Ban. “As Secretary- General, I insist that the welfare of all victims of sexual violence in conflict must be at the forefront of our activities. And I instruct my senior advisors to make our response to sexual violence a priority in all of our peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities.”
“You can be part of our global push to end this injustice and provide women and girls with the security, safety and freedom they deserve,” Ban added, calling on governments, groups and individuals to convert the outrage into action.