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European Union and UN launch new initiative to eliminate gender violence

21 September 2017
European Union and UN launch new initiative to eliminate gender violence

The European Union and the United Nations today launched a joint initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations across the globe.

"It is a harsh but true reality — one in three women will face violence throughout their lifetime," UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the launch event, held on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate.

"Violence against women and girls devastates lives, and causes pain across generations," he added.

The EU-UN Spotlight Initiative is supported by a multi-stakeholder trust fund, with the EU as its main contributor in the order of half a billion Euro, which is open to other donors.

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