International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2013

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on fighting violence against women and girls.

Violence affects the lives of millions of women worldwide, in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers, impeding the right of women to participate fully in society.

Violence against women in the Arab World takes a dismaying variety of forms, from domestic abuse, honor killing and rape to child marriages and female circumcision. All are violations of the most fundamental human rights.

Globally, up to 60% of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their life. 2 million women and girls are trafficked each year into prostitution, forced labour, slavery, or servitude.

Join us & help #stoptheviolence!

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antionio Banderas delivers a message for International Women's Day 2013, urging an end to violence against women and girls

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