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Overwhelming majority of them activists of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were slaughtered. November 25 is International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

On this day, let us remember that all of us have a critical role to play in ending violence against women. It is also supported by his successor, António Guterres. "It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality".

More than one third of women around the world experience violence at work, at home or in the community, and action in the workplace is crucial to tackling the issue across the board.

According to statistics, 47% of women and 40 % of men aged between 15 and 49 years have experienced either physical or sexual violence.

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 6% of male victims. One of the major challenges is a lack of funds. UNiTE is another initiative that seeks to end violence against women.

"This was one of the themes that came out clearly in Angel's Gift".

"Kariuki spoke when she presided over the launch of a campaign dubbed 'Jitokeze" that also begins 16 days of activism on 16 days Campaign against Gender Based Violence.

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.

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Legarda, author of various laws on the protection of women, said the fight to stop abuse against women and children is far from over.

The groups recommend five steps health care workers can take respond to and help prevent violence against women. Next year's ILO Conference in June will discuss the development of global labour standards on violence against women and men at work, and the trade union movement is calling for a strong worldwide convention to be adopted. As a result, plans are underway to update our Domestic Violence Action Plan and create a new gender-based violence strategy.

"It becomes just a part of life", said Mlambo-Ngcuka. She also mentioned the #MeToo movement, which has exposed how men in authority can become serial perpetrator, and the men's rise to positions of power does not always mean they respect those they are responsible for leading. Fourteen women died, while ten women and four men were injured.

Sami added the AIHRC had received more complaints regarding denial of alimony to women this year compared to the previous years.

"Sanctions and accountability are critical for behavior change, and for the coming generations to be socialized differently, so that they know that this is not acceptable", said Mlambo-Ngcuka.

"Girls' meaningful participation in decision-making will only strengthen our approach to addressing these issues".

The UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to "Orange the world", using the colour designated by the campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.

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