UN: Ban calls for more action to end sexual violence

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Tuesday in New York said that it is time to demand action to eliminate sexual violence that harms millions of women and girls around the world.

Speaking at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality, Ban said: "I am here to declare with all of you: it is time to act."

The launch of the video campaign was organised by the Permanent Mission of the United
Kingdom to the UN and came ahead of a global summit to be held next week on the issue.

The UN secretary-general also decried recent attacks against women and girls around the world, saying: "I was especially appalled by the brutal rape and gruesome murder of two teenaged women in India who had ventured out because they did not have access to a toilet."

According to him: "Violence against women is a peace and security issue. It is a human rights issue. It is a development issue."

He highlighted a personal hero, Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, who repairs the internal physical damage caused by rape, recalling that, "Dr. Mukwege says sexual violence continues because of indifference, as if the crimes happen to someone else."

"But, really it happened to one of us. We all belong to the same family of human society,"
he said, quoting Dr. Mukwege.

In March, the UN chief launched the "He for She" campaign, urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters.

The network includes top government officials, artists and business representatives.

In the video, Ban urged men in particular to join the fight for gender equality, saying that, "it is the collective responsibility to shield women and girls from the violence that harms them and degrades all."

"Together, we can ensure that conflicts are not fought on the bodies of innocent civilians,"
he stated.
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03 june 2014 18:09:26

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