NOVEMBER 18, 2022
Here is the message of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated on November 25:
Violence against women and girls is the most widespread human rights violation in the world.
Every 11 minutes, a woman or girl is killed by an intimate partner or family member — and we know that other stresses, from the COVID-19 pandemic to economic turmoil, inevitably lead to even more physical violence. and verbal. Women and girls also face rampant online violence, ranging from misogynistic hate speech and sexual harassment to image abuse and grooming by predators.
This discrimination, violence and abuse targeting half of humanity comes at a high cost. It limits the participation of women and girls in all spheres of life, denies their fundamental rights and freedoms, and blocks the equitable economic recovery and sustainable growth our world needs.
Now is the time to act to transform violence against women and girls.
This means that governments design, finance and implement national action plans to combat this scourge.
This means involving grassroots and civil society groups at every stage of decision-making.
This means ensuring that the laws are implemented and respected, so that survivors see their rights to justice and support respected.
This means supporting public campaigns that challenge patriarchal norms and promote different forms of masculinities that reject misogyny and violence.
And as this year’s theme reminds us – “UNITE: Activism to end violence against women and girls”, it means standing with activists around the world who are calling for change and supporting survivors of violence. I call on governments to increase funding for women’s rights organizations and movements by 50% by 2026.
Let’s take a stand and raise our voices for women’s rights.
Proudly declare: we are all feminists.
Let’s put violence against women and girls in the history books.
For news media. Not an official record.