Australia and the United States partnership to address violence against women globally

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Joint Statement: Kevin Rudd (Minister for Foreign Affairs) & Hilary Clinton (US Secretary of State)
November 6, 2010

Violence devastates the lives of millions of women and girls globally. It knows no socio-economic or educational boundaries. It is not particular to any society or culture.

Globally, around 30 per cent of women and girls experience physical, psychological or sexual violence during their lifetime. Tragically, the incidence of violence is much higher in situations of armed conflict.

This is simply unacceptable. Violence against women is a universal problem that must be universally condemned and addressed.

2011 marks the centenary of International Women’s Day, and this year is the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Australia and the United States today renew their commitment to these global goals of the empowerment of women. Read more…

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