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UN News Centre – 30 November 2012 (originally published 25 Nov)

Mass Afghan women

Image: UNAMA

25 November 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a United Nations call on world leaders to “make good” on pledges they have made to end violence against women, a scourge that affects millions of women and girls worldwide.

“Up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime (and) as many as a quarter of all pregnant women are affected,” Mr. Ban said in message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights,” he added . . .

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