16 day Campaign on Gender Based Violence

Date: 25/11/2013

16 day Campaign on Gender Based Violence
(25 November, 2013- Mongol news Press Room)
Remarks by UNFPA Representative, Naomi Kitahara

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Ms. Enkhjargal, Executive Director of the National Center Against Violence
Media Representatives,
Colleagues from UN Agencies,

Good morning,
It is my pleasure to join our partners to launch the 16-day campaign on Gender Based Violence. This is my first time joining this event, which was supported every year by UNFPA, Mongolia.
Today, men and women, boys and girls alike, dream of a society free of violence and they have every right to do so. We dream of a world where every man and woman can fulfill their aspirations and achieve their goals, where every man and women is respected and protected. To a great sadness, this is not the world we live in today. GBV is the most widespread but neglected forms of human rights violations and an obstacle to development. People may all be subjected to gender-based violence but women and girls are by far the most affected group. All too often, perpetrators go unpunished. Women and girls are afraid to speak out because of a culture of impunity.
Globally, there is statistics showing that up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime. Study reports say that one in every two women in Mongolia experience some form of violence - psychological or physical in their lifetime.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls do not sit back. Act ". Violence against women and girls has devastating physical and psychological effects on individuals, families, communities and societies, and bears significant economic and social costs for countries. Its end result is a dysfunctional, unsafe, unhappy, and hence underdeveloped Society. The obligation of States to take responsibility for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls is now part of the broad global human rights framework. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that these human rights violations come to an end.

UNFPA commends Mongolia for the steady progress in addressing the scourge of Gender inequality and Gender-based violence (GBV). In the last January, Cabinet approved an Implementation Strategy and Action plan to the Gender Equality Law, which includes specific actions to be carried out by responsible organizations for more effective and comprehensive response to GBV. Moreover, the Ministry of Justice is taking a lead role in amending the Law to Combat Domestic Violence in consultation with Civil Society Organizations. Also, Mongolia is represented at the 57th Meeting of UN Commission on Status of Women at the highest levels and expressed government commitment and concrete actions to take to end GBV. I would like to express my gratitude again for the great commitments and actions delivered by the Mongolian Government to prevent and respond to GBV.

Combating GBV should be at the heart of the development agenda. In this spirit, UNFPA along with other United Nations agencies and development partners, will continue to work in Mongolia towards the elimination of GBV, violence against women and girls in particular. In its fifth country programme which is started in 2012 and be implemented until the end of 2016, UNFPA aims to provide assistance to both the Government of Mongolia and civil society organizations working on gender equality, GBV prevention and services. Our assistance will be focused on (i) strengthening legal system, including support to implementation and monitoring of Law against Domestic Violence, (ii) expansion of comprehensive, good quality services to victims of GBV which includes health, legal, social protection services, and (iii) community mobilization on GBV prevention by promoting multidisciplinary team work.

The role of media is extremely important in this campaign to combat GBV. We, the development partners, rely on your leadership in raising awareness on GBV among the public and promoting violence-free society where every rights of every woman, man and child is respected and protected.

On this International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, let us therefore reiterate our commitment to tackle this pervasive violence and human rights violation. Let us further unite to end GBV, especially violence against women. It is now time to join hands with Government, civil society, and each member of this Society, and accelerate efforts to eliminate All forms of Discrimination and Violence against Women and Girls.

Thank you for your attention.