UNiTE: 5 YEARS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
In unity we can achieve
On 25 November 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign to End Violence against Women (UNiTE) was launched in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together over 25 entities of the United Nations family. The UNiTE campaign calls on all governments, civil society, women’s organizations, men and boys, young people, the private sector, the media, and the whole UN System to come together in addressing the endemic violence committed against women and girls around the world. Through its advocacy initiatives at the global, regional and national levels, the UNiTE campaign aims to transform social norms and mobilize all segments of society for zero tolerance towards such violence.
Since the launch of Asia-Pacific UNiTE in the region five years ago, countries in the Asia-Pacific region have seen impressive achievements. Laws and policies have been strengthened, efforts have been made to enhance the availability and quality of services for survivors, and our collective evidence base of the problem, and how it can be addressed, is growing. Reflecting on the progress that has been achieved also represents a unique opportunity to take stock of lessons learned, and to look forward, towards an Asia-Pacific where all women and girls can live free from violence and discrimination.