Violence against women: Inspire Change
International Women’s Day is an annual occasion to honour women and their contribution to society globally. This year’s Women’s Day’s motto, Inspire change, underlines that women and girls around the world continue to experience discrimination and violence in their everyday lives: this must change.
Violence against women and girls is a worldwide phenomenon, crossing all borders, all generations, all nationalities, and all communities. Yet it remains hidden, under-reported, under-prosecuted, and under-punished. This trend must be reversed.
There is no uniform solution to addressing violence against women nor to ending impunity. The European Union countries have adopted a variety of approaches including awareness raising campaigns, eviction orders against perpetrators, capacity training for judges and police, and strengthening the criminal, civil and administrative legal framework.
In Hong Kong gender equality and protection against violence are recognised in law. Organisations such as the Women’s Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission, as well as active NGOs, civil society, and private sector firms contribute to the improvement of the conditions of women.
On women’s rights, we must not be complacent. Let us, today, strengthen our resolve and join forces with the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign! Our goal must be that women and girls everywhere can fully realize their right to a life free of violence – and can do so now.
Signed by the Consuls-General of the EU Member States and the Head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao