US: US government condemns violence against women, girls

New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday reaffirmed its belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, and women and girls have the right to live free from violence, noting that countries are stronger when homes, neighbourhoods, and communities are safe for everyone.

In a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the US stated: "Over the past year - indeed, throughout history there have been far too many brutal acts of violence against women and girls. While some of these cases have captured international headlines, too often the victims are left to suffer in silence and anonymity.

"But increasingly we have seen efforts to shine a bright light on this issue and spur a strong public response: social media campaigns that reach millions with stories of survivors, prosecutors who take seriously their duty to hold perpetrators to account, programs that work to prevent violence from occurring in the first place, and people from all walks of life who are taking action and leading their communities to rise to the challenge of ending violence against women.

"Throughout the Obama Administration we have stood in solidarity with survivors while investing in the kind of infrastructures that are needed to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and address the harmful norms and stereotypes that often perpetuate it here at home, and abroad.

"In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism, which begin on 25 November and end on International Human Rights Day December 10, the State Department will highlight on social media the ways in which the United States and others have worked to confront this crime - in its many forms and call on others to join us in ensuring this vital work continues."

The statement also noted that the campaign makes clear that violence against women and girls is a human rights issue and that everyone can and must act to end it.

"We must speak out against violence. We must support survivors and commemorate the victims. And we must stand together in our commitment to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.Together, we can and will make the progress needed to eliminate this scourge on our society," it added.

PANA in New York recalled the UN, through its gender promotion agency, the UN Women, on Tuesday launched 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, which aims at generating funds to end violence against women and girls globally.

The campaign is tagged: "Orange the World".
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25 november 2016 16:08:46

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