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Violence against Women: Joint communiqué from OECD, Council of Europe, European Commission and UN

Deputy Secretary General Brussels 11 December 2017
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and UN Women agreed on the global action to combat violence against women. These institutions reaffirmed today their full commitment to eliminate gender based violence and discussed the way forward for a coordinated action.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), represented by Ángel Gurría, Secretary General;

The Council of Europe, represented by Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General;

The European Commission, represented by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality;

UN Women, represented by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director.

Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic. Violence affects every community worldwide, with at least one in three women around the world having experienced physical or sexual violence. Violence against women and girls is one of the most common and serious violation of human rights. The costs of this culture of violence on our communities - both for men and women - are huge.

The promotion of gender equality and the enjoyment of all women's and girls' human rights are core objectives in all our actions to combat violence against women and girls, strategically framed under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This strategic partnership calls on an intensified commitment to gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment.


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