Media Advisory: Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Date : 26 November 2012

UN Women Media Advisory
For immediate release
26 November 2012

Media Contacts:
Hadrien Bonnaud, hadrien.bonnaud[at]unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4751

“A promise is A Promise is the theme of the Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women organized by the United Nations Secretary-General's campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. It is a call from the United Nations to Governments and leaders to translate international promises into concrete national action.

Why: 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.

Who: Speakers include 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, ABC News Correspondent.

Where: UN Headquarters, North Lawn Building, Conference Room 6

When: 28 November 2012 3:15pm - 4:15 pm

Follow the event on Twitter: Live tweeting from @SayNO_UNiTE and @UN_Women; hashtag #promiseUNiTE

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