A woman or a girl is killed every 11 minutes by an intimate partner or a family member, UN chief Antonio Guterres said ahead of the International Day for the ‘Elimination of Violence against Women’ which is observed on 25 November.
Guterres called it the most pervasive “human rights violation” in the world.
Guterres’ remarks come as India is embroiled in a series of murders committed by men against their partners.
The recent Shraddha Walkar murder case shocked India with its brutal details.
The UN chief gave a clarion call to all to “consign violence against women and girls to the history books,” saying now is the time for transformative action that ends violence against women and girls.
This year’s theme is ‘UNITE: Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls’.
Guterres said it means standing with activists around the world who are calling for change and supporting survivors of violence.
He also called governments to increase funding by 50% to women’s rights organisations and movements by 2026.
Guterres urged all to take a “stand and raise our voices in support of women’s rights” and proudly declare that “we are all feminists.”
He called for supporting public campaigns that challenge patriarchal norms and promote different forms of masculinities that reject misogyny and violence