Ending violence against women: the time is now, together

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Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October 2017

Bafana Khumalo and the team of Sonke Gender Justice, thank you for this evening. I also want to thank the co-organizers of the conference, who share the same values and who I am sure will have been working with you every step of the way. Thank you for being here for this 10thbirthday and for organizing this wonderful conference. To the eminent panellists, speakers and many people who are making this week successful, thanks to you too.

It is an honour to give this inaugural lecture tonight and to have participated in some of the proceedings of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference.

The fact that this conference is co-organized by women-led and men-led organizations is a sign of progress. Twenty years ago, we probably would not have done something like this. It makes it clear that the fight for gender equality is everyone’s responsibility—ordinary men and women, elected leaders, activists and people from all walks of life. Nothing less than people united in this purpose can overcome the gross injustices of gender-based violence, discrimination and gender inequality.

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Sonke Gender Justice is a member organisation of the Side by Side movement for gender justice.

 

Photo: UN Women Gallery https://www.flickr.com/photos/unwomen/ creative commons license

Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Monday, October 9th, 2017
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