International Women's Day 2013: All women and girls have a fundamental human right to live free of violence
Worldwide today, up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16. Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime. Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18. In the face of such unacceptable figures, the international community is strongly committed to change the plight of women. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” seeks to strengthen international community’s commitment to put an end to violence against women. Acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman", a song that was launched on 8 March.

More information: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/sgsmessage.shtml

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