UN: Hundreds of parliamentarians to address violence against women

New York, US (PANA) - More than 700 members of parliament from around the world are expected to discuss how they can address violence against women and girls at the UN office in Geneva this week.

A brief UN statement on Monday, said a total of 774 members of parliament from 141 countries are gathered at an assembly, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), to discuss the issue.

The statement quoted IPU as saying that members of parliament would decide on action they could take to tackle threats to global peace, security and human rights.

It stated that with one third of women victims of gender violence worldwide, the main focus of the assembly would be on how to successfully end all types of abuses.

"Almost 30 per cent of members of parliament in attendance will be women and they are expected to identify what they can do to have a greater influence in political decision-making," it noted.
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