The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon took strong objections to the rising violence on Women across the world. At the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality, Ban has said that “violence against women is a peace and security issue, It is a human rights issue. It is a development issue,” and has urged world populace to end sexual violence through gender equality.
“I am here to declare with all of you: it is time to act, 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,” said Ban during the event.
“In recent days we have also seen other tragic incidents in which women have been the targets of appalling violence – from Pakistan to India to California and Nigeria. The world will never find true peace and prosperity if half the population face discrimination and exploitation,” said Ban in an earlier event few days ago.
“Every girl and woman should be able to live safely, feel protected and grow up free of violence,” UN Women’s Representative in India Rebecca Tavares said. Resident Coordinator of the UN system in India Lise Grande while appreciating the legal and security efforts taken up by Indian administration after the Delhi gang rape incident, has said – “But having the laws in place are only one part of the solution – their implementation also matters as does changing mind-sets. Violence against women and girls is preventable, not inevitable. Sustained implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 and the setting up of Special Courts and child friendly procedures for victims under 18 years of age are also key priorities.”
“I will be raising my voice – and I count on all of you to join our chorus demanding action around the world,” said Ban in his concluding remarks.
It is estimated that worldwide one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Women aged 15 to 44 are more likely at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.