Capacity Building Workshop on Gender Based Violence

Aug 19, 2013

Speech by Mr. Simon Springett, UN Resident Coordinator


Honourable Mireille Martin
Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare

Jean Claude de L’Estrac,
Secretary General,   Indian Ocean Commission

Distinguished Guests,

Journalists, researchers, and editors,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Morning
It is a great honour and pleasure for the United Nations system and the UNDP to be associated with this capacity building programme on gender based violence for the media.

The launching of this capacity building programme today coincides with World Humanitarian Day, which is marked in honour of aid workers who have lost their lives in the course of their work. Aid workers, many of which have risked their lives, to design and support programmes aimed at preventing Gender Based Violence in humanitarian settings.  This is also a day to examine our own lives and consider what more we can do to help - to reach out to people enduring hardship – which fits in very well I believe with the focus of this capacity building workshop.

We are here today for a common purpose, to address Gender Based Violence, one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world and one of the greatest threats to development.  Gender Based Violence affects all countries: rich or poor, big or small.  Globally up to 7 out of 10 women experience some form of physical or sexual violence during their lifetime. Violence against women takes many forms - physical, sexual, economic, psychological - but all of these represent a violation of human dignity and human rights and have lasting consequences both for women themselves and for their communities.

Ladies and Gentlemen

The battle against gender based violence cannot be won alone.

The current climate of persistent gender based violence demands that we all make it our business to address this fundamental concern to us all.

Colleagues from the media play a vital role in shaping the discourse on gender based violence through awareness raising, setting the agenda and helping to change attitudes. I hope that you all perceive this workshop as an opportunity to strengthen your capacity to work together towards addressing the multitude of issues surrounding gender based violence.

I would like to reaffirm the support and commitment of the United Nations to this important endeavour. I also encourage ministries and other departments to continue seeking and tapping resources from relevant UN agencies geared towards eradicating gender based violence in all its forms. We must continue to work together and remain firm in our commitment to ensure that gender based violence, in all its forms, are brought to an end.

I thank you for your time and attention.

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