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Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Turkey's first lady Emine Erdogan on Saturday said that Turkey will continue its efforts to combat violence against women. As the world undergoes a seismic shift in response to widespread allegations of sexual harassment, teleSUR examines what the event means today.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, "Unions are leading the way in eradicating violence against women at work, and the support of a strong global legal instrument is essential".

According to UNAMA, one in every three women around the world has experienced physical or sexual violence.

Calling such violence a human rights violation, he said men need to hold themselves and their peers accountable for behaviour that threatens women's respect, protection and freedom. In 2012, nearly half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to six percent of male victims.

Each year on November 25 the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while for the next 16 days, from November 25 through to December 10 (Human Rights Day), the world will mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence to raise public awareness and mobilise people all over the world to bring about change.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.

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Among other efforts, the United Nations launched a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and has said that it is committed to continuing the "UNiTE to End Violence against Women" Campaign, under the new title "UNiTE by 2030".

"It becomes just a part of life", said Mlambo-Ngcuka. Fourteen women died, while ten women and four men were injured.

It also coincides with the trial in Spain of five men accused of gang raping a woman, who was then 18, in July 2016 during the famed Pamplona bull-running festival, a case that has shocked the country.

Mr. Guterres is also addressing the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in house by launching a new victim-centered approach to the offenses committed by those serving under the UN.

While this violence continues, the worldwide community will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.


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