UN Gen Sec hails the women power
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 09 Mar 2009

The United Nations General Assembly celebrates International Women's Day to recognise that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women, and to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security.
It was in 1977 that 8th March was officially recognised by the United Nations as International Women's Day, and it is now celebrated in a variety of ways throughout the world.

The Charter of the United Nations, signed in
San Francisco in 1945, was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. Since then, the Organisation has helped create a historic legacy of internationally agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.
The message of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of UN, on International Women's Day this year is as follows.

"One year ago, I launched a campaign calling on people and governments the world over to unite to end violence against women and girls. The campaign will run through 2015, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The link with the Goals is clear. We must stop the habitual and socially ingrained violence that mars lives, destroys health, perpetuates poverty and prevents us from achieving women's equality and empowerment.
Violence against women is also linked to the spread of HIV/AIDS. In some countries, as many as one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Women and girls are also systematically and deliberately subject to rape and sexual violence in war.
Violence against women stands in direct contradiction to the promise of the United Nations Charter to "promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom." The consequences go beyond the visible and immediate. Death, injury, medical costs and lost employment are but the tip of an iceberg. The impact on women and girls, their families, their communities and their societies in terms of shattered lives and livelihoods is beyond calculation. Far too often, crimes go unpunished, and perpetrators walk free. No country, no culture, no woman, young or old, is immune.
Increasingly, men, too, are speaking out against this stain on our society. Global examples include the White Ribbon Campaign and the V-Day Campaign's "V-Men" counterpart. And at community workshops, men are teaching other men that there is another way and that "real men don't hit women".