Ending violence against women is a global responsibility

To address violence against women, the focus should be on strengthening and implementing existing global policy frameworks that define the obligation of member states to prevent and respond to violence against women, and ensuring accountability mechanisms are in place.

With the review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) underway, the international community will not only acknowledge the progress made in the past 20 years but also assess the remaining gaps and challenges in its implementation, including violence against women, to feed the lessons learned into the post-2015 development agenda processes.

Moving forward, it will be crucial to continue to engage on the post-2015 processes and ensure that the proposed goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women is implemented.

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