UN: Violence against women, girls shames us all - UN anti-crime chief says

New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),
Mr. Yury Fedotov, has expressed concern over the continued killing of women and girls, stressing the need to end such acts.

"Violence against women and girls, in all its many forms, shames us all," Mr. Fedotov said
in a statement issued in Vienna, Austria, late Tuesday at the ongoing 24th Session of the
UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which opened on Monday and
runs through 21 May.

According to UNODC chief, women and girls continue to be killed in large numbers worldwide, and in 2012, for example, at least 43,000 women were murdered by their intimate partners or family members.

"Yet, such crime is only the most visible and brutal sign of what is happening to millions of women. Also, hidden from our view, are the dreadful daily experiences of violence that blight the lives of women and girls.

"Such experiences, including terrible sexual violence, occur in the countryside and cities, as well as in schools, work places and especially the home.

"We must also acknowledge that, just as no society is immune from these violent acts, we are all part of the solution," Mr. Fedotov stated, adding that, "no woman or young girl must be allowed to feel isolated or in danger."

The UNODC chief also cited efforts to tackle crime against women and girls, saying the UN agency is working to unravel the gender bias that has been woven into many legislation and criminal justice systems, and which perpetuates impunity for these violent acts.
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