International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Official 2012 Commemoration: “A promise is a promise”
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. In some countries, up to 7 in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes.
International and regional legal instruments have outlined the obligations of States to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women and girls. However, the continued prevalence of violence against women and girls demonstrates that this gross human rights violation is yet to be tackled with all the necessary political commitment, action and resources.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara, Permanent Mission of Liberia, Chair of CSW, Mr. Dhruv Arora (India) , Member of UNiTE Global Youth Network and a winner of the UN summit Youth Award 2012 for GotStaredAt, Ms. Marai Larasi (United Kingdom), Executive Director, Imkaan . The event will be moderated by Ms. Juju Chang, ABS News Correspondent.