The Executive Director of UN Women and chair of the event, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, described the wide array of abuses perpetrated against women and acknowledged global progress in passing laws to address gender-based violence. At the same time, she stressed that the most important focus of anti-violence efforts was on changing norms in societies in order to truly effect change.“Boys exposed to violence are three times more likely to use violence against their partner,” she said, noting that the effects of violence against women are felt from generation to generation. “We cannot change social behaviour in societies where overall attitudes and culture don’t change.”A comprehensive, multisectoral approach was needed, involving parliaments, civil societies and men and boys, among others, in order to ensure the effort “covers all bases,” she said. Currently, legislation existed but implementation remained “very weak.” Too many women still lacked access to justice, even if laws were in place, and she underscored the importance of zero tolerance in dealing with those who break the law and commit violence against women, as such an approach was essential to preventing its continuation.Failure to address societal norms meant legal changes were unable to have their desired impact and the stasis continued to erode the progress that passing of such laws was supposed to bring about.“When we talk about culture and norms, we are not just talking about traditional cultures as we understand them in rural areas and traditional societies,” she said. “It is also as in online culture, as in the entertainment business. Wherever [culture] is, it always seems to support violence against women.”Men are vital to changing the culture. Given their currently enhanced status in societies around the world, they were often “penholders,” holding the majority of positions as Heads of State, CEOs, religious leaders and other prominent positions. “A man must say – ‘I will not marry a child. I will not beat up a woman,’” she said, adding, “‘I will not accept a paycheque higher than my female counterpart.’ Then we’re talking. That’s what we’re calling for in ‘HeForShe’– extraordinary activities at all levels.”Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka went on to describe UN Women’s partnerships, notably with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to develop robust, accessible services for women and girls and that theme was taken up by Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of that agency.He also underlined the importance of a holistic approach to eradicating violence and stressed the importance of working with men and boys. “The issue is about men as much as about women,” he said. “Education is the basis. If you bring up boys in the context of gender neutrality and parity, what you will get is a young man who will respect not just fellow boys but girls.”UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, Farhan Akhtar, was equally adamant about the need for major societal changes and the importance of education, particularly of boys. Calling for boys to be taught a redefined version of masculinity, he said they could then hope to evolve into the people society wants its people to be in the modern world.“Men have an important a role to play in this quest for a world without gender-based violence and discrimination as women do,” he said. “Laws and justice can accomplish a great deal but society has to change because it is society that breaks the laws.”The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, described the link between her work against sexual violence in conflict and broader efforts to tackle gender-based violence in societies.“A country that does not respect its women in peacetime will not prevent them in conflict,” she said, stressing that sexual violence does not occur accidentally in conflict situations. “It is planned and deliberate,” she stressed, adding that state militaries and police forces were often part of it. “The lower the status of women in society – the less education, the lower the economic opportunities – the more vulnerable they are to sexual violence when conflict breaks out,” she added, calling for a change to the system to ensure better protection of women and prosecution of violators. “Very little money is put aside to deal with the victims of sexual violence.” The panellists representing the UN system were also joined by ministers from Cambodia and Australia, who spoke about the practical efforts made in their countries to try to tackle the issue of gender-based violence, describing national action plans and the methodologies employed to see them through, and by civil society representative Arunadha Kapoor, who noted how much more willing women were today to discuss violence perpetrated against them.

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first_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Faith Leader Q&A Interview Guardian Ministries: ONE = UNITY By DAVID L. ANTION, GUARDIAN MINISTRIES Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 11:02 am Top of the News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Paul makes this unifying statement in Ephesians 4: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6 NAU). In verse 3 Paul urged that we “preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”We are already unified. But how? Some are in that organization or church group and some are in this. But we all have ONE God and Father who is over all, in all and through all!What if a husband and wife had 8 children? Suppose the children all grew to maturity when the parents died. All the siblings fought over the inheritance and split apart with anger and hostility not speaking to one another and not ever seeing one another. Are they still blood relatives? Do they have the same DNA? Did they all come from the same father and mother? No matter how many miles separated them or how many issues divided them, they are still all members of the same (one) family. That is a fact.So how could Paul make the statement that we are unified and we need to preserve it? He already knew from the other apostles about the unity of Christ and the Father. And because God the Father and Jesus Christ are one (John 10:30), this unity becomes the basis of our unity with them: “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3 NAU). This is the basis of our fellowship with each other. It makes us one (John 17:11). Remember that the Son does the will of the Father (John 4:34) and has received the powers even of judgment.The Son obeys the Father’s will and has received a command from the Father that concerns His death and resurrection and He willingly lays down His own life (John 10:18). Because the Son obeys we must realize that to remain in Jesus or in the Father we also must be obedient in a spirit of love. Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love (John 15:10 NAS).Loving one another is the way to remain in His love. “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12 NAS). Also we read, “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” 1 John 4:16 NAU).When we are unified with God and His Son we bear fruit. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Being in unity with God and His Son also helps us to escape the pollutions of the world and its lusts. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever” (I John 2:16-17 NAS).It is the unity of the Father and Son and our unity with them that prevents anyone or anything from snatching us away from their love. “For I am convinced that neither death, no life, no angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, no height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NAS).God’s love is in Christ and expressed through Christ. When we are in unity with them we abide in His love. Thus we abide in both the Father and the Son. And as long as we choose to abide in the Father and the Son no person or power can take us away from them. This is true of each one of us individually and it is true of all of us (the Body of Christ) collectively! That’s why the gates of Hades cannot prevail against Christ’s church!Praise be to God for the unity we have in the Father and the Son and for the everlasting love and commitment to us.— David L. Antion for Guardian MinistriesGuardian Ministries, P.O. 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