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When it comes to violence against women, there is no grey zone. Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.
UN Women works to prevent and respond to violence, to increase access to services for survivors and to make private and public spaces safer for women and girls. At the global level they work to advance international policies providing support to the United Nations General Assembly and the Commission on the Status of Women, and ensuring that the post-2015 development agenda includes specific targets to end violence against women and girls.
At the Metropolitan New York Chapter, we strongly support ending violence against women. Our Young Professionals committee (YPs), since 2009, have been holding an annual fundraiser, combining advocacy from the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign and messaging from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Aaginst Women, and even more recently UN Women’s recent Safe Cities initiative. Through this one event, our YPs brought together more than 800 young professionals and raised more than $32,000 in the last 5 years. Additionally, led by the YPs during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday, chapter members volunteered alongside YWCA Brooklyn to serve a Thanksgiving dinner to domestic violence survivors.