UN Calls For All Afghans To Unite To End Violence Against Women

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The 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women held in October focused on women's economic empowerment; and sexual harassment has been identified as one factor hindering women's safety and wellbeing in the workplace and preventing women's access to leadership positions.

According to the data shared, 7,313 cases of violence against women were reported in 2016 as compared to 6,505 cases in 2015. Moreover, sexual harassment has been widely debated around the world in recent months.

One of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in the world today is the violence against women and girls.

We have also improved our policies. The perpetrators may be employers, supervisors, colleagues or subordinates. In Egypt no less than 99% testified that they were sexual harassed.

Barring a handful of cases, the majority of women in the Pacific do not speak up because they feel they have no options.

His comments also come at a time when industries ranging from politics to entertainment have been grappling with widespread allegations of sexual misconduct, commonly featuring unwanted overtures toward women. This evidence, however, doesn't improve the actions for women's inclusion, leadership and protection.

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In a statement issued on Saturday, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of th 16 days of activities aimed at raising awareness, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamoto said: "Violence against women in Afghanistan must immediately stop".

"The appalling treatment of women in the entertainment industry and even in national parliaments is in the headlines, and we also need to see the pandemic of violence that many other workers face given the same attention".

"We want to bring all this together in these 16 days".

Winnipeg Police Service has produced a video aimed at helping end violence against women and girls.

In the United States, more than one in four women in Washington DC reported experiencing sexual harassment on public transportation, 65 percent of women in the U.S. testified that they experienced harassment of some kind on the street, and 23 percent testified that they had experienced sexual harassment in the street.