Violence Against Women: The statement of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has come to the fore before the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’, celebrated every year on 25 November. Secretary-General Guterres said that violence against women and girls is the biggest violation of human rights in the world. Every 11 minutes a woman or girl is killed by her spouse or family member.
The UN Secretary-General has appealed to governments to increase funding for women’s rights organizations and movements by 50 percent by 2026. He said that from the Corona epidemic to economic upheaval, other stresses also cause more physical and verbal abuse with women. Not only this, women have to face online violence every day.
‘The participation of women is decreasing due to these incidents’
Antonio Guterres said that such cases of discrimination, violence and abuse targeting half of humanity are paying a heavy price. These incidents limit women’s participation in society and economic and sustainable development. Due to cases of violence and discrimination, they are deprived of the basic rights and freedoms of women.
‘Time to end violence against women’
It is time to end violence against women and girls. They urged governments to design, fund and implement national action programs to deal with these phenomena, and to involve civil society groups in every stage of decision-making.
Domestic violence against women is a serious issue
Recently, in a United Nations (UN) report, it was revealed that violence in homes remains a serious issue. The report reveals that globally more than 1 in 10 women and girls aged 15-49 had experienced sexual and physical violence by an intimate partner in the past year.
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