UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the creation of a network of male role models to encourage men to stand up against violence against women.
AFP - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the creation of a network of male role models to encourage men to stand up against violence against women.
This "Network of Men Leaders" is currently made up of 14, including Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho.
All were chosen because they had demonstrated a commitment to oppose violence against women, said Ban, adding that the group is expected to grow.
"These men will add their voices to the growing global chorus for action," Ban told reporters.
Seventy percent of all women suffer some form of physical or sexual violence from men during their lifetimes, mostly their husbands, friend, or someone they know, Ban said.
He called on men and boys around the world to join this campaign.
"Break the silence," Ban said.
"When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act. Advocate. Unite to change the practices and attitudes that incite, perpetrate and condone this violence."
Ban said that violence against women and girls "will not be eradicated until all of us -- men and boys -- refuse to tolerate it."
The creation of the network was announced ahead of the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a UN initiative.
Date created : 2009-11-25