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United to end the violence against women
. Ban Ki-moon
"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."
Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools and offices and boardrooms.


Network of Men Leaders

Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders


Miguel Lorente-AcostaMiguel Lorente-Acosta is a Spanish forensic doctor, specializing in legal medicine which he teaches at the University of Granada in Spain. From the outset of his career, he focused on the issue of violence against women through studies and analyses, and published several books and articles to raise awareness. He also collaborated on many occasions as a technical expert with the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), as well as with various civil society and scientific organizations.

Mr. Lorente-Acosta previously acted as Director of the Institute of Legal Medicine of Granada, and as Coordinator of the Institute of Legal Medicine of Andalusia. He also served as General Director of the Legal Assistance to Victims of Violence within the Regional Government of Andalusia (2006-2008) and was a Government Delegate on Gender-Based Violence within the Ministry of Equality (2008-2011).

A firm and convinced gender equality advocate, Mr. Lorente-Acosta strongly campaigns against all forms of inequality, particularly violence against women, and believes equality and peace can only be achieved through mobilization and unity.

Born in 1962 in the city of Serón (Spain), he studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Granada and completed his PhD in 1994, for which he received an Excellence Award. Mr. Lorente-Acosta also holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics and Law from the University of Barcelona.