I encourage all of you to call on your leaders to join this effort. On this special day, I urge all governments to send us a Valentine message: a concrete commitment of action to end violence against women and girls,” he added.
UN Women Executive Director Michele Bachelet in her message said that women must unitedly rejectvarious forms of violence against them and refute the culture of shame they are made to suffer.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, said in his speech, “Today, we rise. In the weeks to come, we stand tall. And when the Commission on the Status of Women opens in March, let us continue our determined struggle for an end to violence against women and children.”
Underling the need for political commitment, UNiTE Campaign Manager Aldijana Sisic said, “To truly end violence, we must make sure that it does not happen in the first place. The only way we can do that is if we build new generations of young people who believe in the right to a life free of violence.”
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