Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.
-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
What a staggering fact, knowing that one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against women impacts on, and hinders, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, peace and security. It is, indeed, an outbreak of worldwide proportions.
Unlike sickness, there is no vaccine, medication or cure in violence against women. It is a choice made and thus, perpetrators can choose to stop. It is not inevitable and it can be prevented through a united effort and joint collaboration from all stakeholders. Thus, it is a time to call all in joining the global efforts in the holistic prevention strategies which include multiple and parallel interventions in order for the results to last.