UNiTE in the Asia-Pacific region
The goals of Asia-Pacific UNiTE – the UNiTE campaign in the Asia-Pacific region – are to raise public awareness and to increase political will and resources for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls, within the specific contexts and needs of the region.
Asia-Pacific UNiTE works to create a supportive environment for Governments – in partnership with, among others, civil society and entities of the UN system – to fulfill existing policy commitments on ending violence against women.
Asia-Pacific UNiTE was launched on 25 November 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Guest speakers at the launch event included Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for the Ending Violence Against Women.
Guest speakers at the launch event included Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for the Ending Violence Against Women, and His Excellency Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand. In his statement, HE Abhisit noted that "neither gender equality nor development can be fully realized if violence against women and girls is allowed to take place" and said that "we all have to take concrete action to end impunity and to make fundamental changes to the existing unequal power structure."