He said that a society could move forward in 21st century "only if it runs on the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination".
PAHO has intensified its cooperation with countries to prevent violence against women and children, developing tools, strengthening networks and coalitions, building capacities in the countries, and improving the availability of data. It can also take many forms, including sexual harassment, physical/emotional/sexual violence by a partner, sexual violence by strangers and femicide, among others.
According to a report by the UN Secretary-General on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 percent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey.
According to womenhomicide.com data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members previous year across Turkey. In those countries, survey data from around 2015 indicate that more than 1 in 3 girls between 15 and 19 years of age have undergone the procedure compared to almost 1 in 2 girls around 2000.
According to United Nations, on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, "19 percent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey".
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A recent study led by researchers at the University of Windsor also sounded the alarm on violence against women working in the health care sector.
Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable. The European Union and the United Nations launched the Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls. "When we talk about leaving no one behind, we want to identify all these different forms of violence that women experience".
Thousands of people gathered in the centre of the capital to protest violence against women to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. UNiTE is another initiative that seeks to end violence against women.
The video 'Leave No One Behind' was launched Friday in support of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Nov. 25.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head for the northern zone, Qazi Mohammad Sami, on the sidelines of the ceremony told Pajhwok Afghan News that about 443 cases of violence against women had been recorded this year.