Today, the United Nations commemorated the 2014 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Started by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2008, the movement aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing all forms of violence against women all over the world.
- Adoption and enforcement of national laws to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls, in line with international human rights standards.
- Adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national action plans that emphasize prevention and that are adequately resourced.
- Establishment of data collection and analysis systems on the prevalence of various forms of violence against women and girls.
- Establishment of national and/or local campaigns and the engagement of a diverse range of civil society actors in preventing violence and in supporting women and girls who have been abused.
- Systematic efforts to address sexual violence in conflict situations and to protect women and girls from rape as a tactic of war and full implementation of related laws and policies.
Ban Ki-moon's statement is below (It gets going about 3 minutes in):