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U.N. chief launches campaign to end violence against women

U.N. chief launches campaign to end violence against women

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a global campaign to intensify efforts to end violence against women in peacetime and war.
"At least one out of every three women is likely to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime," Ban told the opening session Monday of the Commission on the Status of Women. "Through the practice of prenatal sex selection, countless others are denied the right even to exist."
Ban said he will form a global network of male leaders to assist him in mobilizing men in government, the arts, sports, business and religion, as well as boys, to speak out against the scourge.
"I call on men around the world to lead by example: to make clear that violence against women is an act perpetrated by a coward, and that speaking up against it is a badge of honor," he said.