International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2013

imageA 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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"Today is a good day to recognize and speak out against the scourge of violence against women. But we must do more than that. Preventing and eliminating violence against women requires leadership and political will backed by action and resources."


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