International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2013

A victim of sexual violence, Beatrice is gradually learning to live again thanks to moral and financial support provided by her Community Centre in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Junior D. Kannah/UNDP DRC

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on achieving momentum in the fight for gender equality, and the specific theme is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”

"This year on International Women’s Day, we convert our outrage into action. We declare that we will 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." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antionio Banderas delivers a message for International Women's Day 2013, urging an end to violence against women and girls.

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