This week was the UN’s International day to End Violence Against Women. On Thursday a 16-day campaign was launched to raise awareness about the huge issue of violence against women, which it is estimated affects up to 70% of the world’s female population.
In Cardiff I went to two events, which you can read about here:
But what events were happening across the world?
- At the UN headquarters in New York the annual commemoration of the day took place, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addressing the crowd. The UN Trust Fund to end violence against women launched a promotion for giving money to the trust.
- In the Caribbean musicians are teaming up with radio and television personalities to broadcast messages of zero-tolerance towards violence against women during the next 16 days.
- In London, women joined together last night in the annual Reclaim the Night march. There were also events in Newquay, Bangor, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Portsmouth.
- In Australia a number of CEOs met to discuss ways of preventing violence against women,from using the pages of fashion magazines to the interactions between cosmetic salespeople and their clients.
- InBucharest women lit candles next to card board silhouettes of women, representing those killed by domestic abuse.
- In Tel Aviv, a number of mock coffins were put outside the law courts to raise awareness of women killed by domestic violence.
To look at pictures of these events, and others, have a look here.
Here’s a pretty picture of the most important words in a statement from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The full text is here.