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The 16 days will start on November 25 and end on December 10, which is also Human Rights Day. One in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime.

Though the #metoo campaign has brought to light the stories of hundreds of women around the world who have been sexually assaulted, the figures published by the United Nations in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women reveal that not hundreds but millions of women have endured some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.

The campaign urges governments, development partners and civil societies to address the structural causes of inequality and marginalization that affect women, girls and the marginalized in general.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, in his message, said that women in Pakistan had been greatly contributing towards the development and prosperity of the country.

On this day, let us remember that all of us have a critical role to play in ending violence against women. The European Union and the United Nations launched the Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls.

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The Congress, which has described the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a hasty step, is expected to come out hard at the BJP government over the issue.

There was a five percent increase in the violence on women this year, as compared to last year's cases, he said, expressing concern over denial of alimony to women by families.

According to data, 260 women were murdered by their male partners, husbands or family members a year ago across Turkey.

Legarda, author of various laws on the protection of women, said the fight to stop abuse against women and children is far from over. As a result, plans are underway to update our Domestic Violence Action Plan and create a new gender-based violence strategy.

Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlate with outbreaks of conflict. Together we can ensure that women and girls everywhere can live free of violence.

In the United States, more than one in four women in Washington DC reported experiencing sexual harassment on public transportation, 65 percent of women in the U.S. testified that they experienced harassment of some kind on the street, and 23 percent testified that they had experienced sexual harassment in the street. The UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign this year believes in "Orange the world" using the colour designated by the campaign to showcase a brighter future.

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