Statements and speeches
Violence against women - simply unacceptable!
Yes, worldwide, it is still a hidden problem. Therefore, today, 25 November, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Slovak Presidency is very pleased to join the UNiTE campaign 'Orange the World' as well as 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
We believe it is absolutely vital to fight against these unacceptable acts. The effects of violence leave scars to women and girls for a lifetime, and can pass from one generation to another. Studies also show that children who have witnessed, or been subjected to, violence are more likely to become victims or abusers themselves. –
Violence also is serious obstacle to sustainable development due to its tremendous costs to families, communities, nations and societies
Prevention needs to start early in life, by educating and working with young boys and girls, promoting respectful relationships and gender equality. Awareness-raising and community mobilization, including through media and social media, is an important component of any effective prevention strategy.