By Adeyemi and Moawad
Saturday, March 10, 2007
The United Nations marked International Women's Day, designated in many countries as a national holiday, with a resolution to prevent perpetrators of violence against girls and women from escaping with impunity, a U.N. press release reported March 8.
"Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said and called on diplomats, international advocates and private sector organizations to work for gender equity at all levels of society.
From Feb. 26 to March 9, the U. N. Commission on the Status of Women held meetings on ending discrimination and violence against girls. In a forum moderated by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, girls described problems they personally faced in their regions. The speakers included former child soldiers, factory workers, sex workers and rape victims who had escaped exploitation by joining groups and appealing to local leaders for change.
"What is unachievable if given an opportunity?" asked Sunita Tamang, a 16-year-old matchstick factory worker from Nepal who has found time to attend school on top of her job. "Look at me; I work at a match factory and today I have been able to come here and share my feelings and experiences with you all."
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