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Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.

SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Jakarta Hosts Live Talk Show to Break the Silence on Violence against Women

Jakarta, 25 November 2012 - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Indonesia, UN Women and UNFPA worked with women's rights organizations (NGO) to stage a live talk show and hold a pledge-signing at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta on Sunday. Some 500 people participated in the event, which was held in conjunction with the once-monthly Car Free Day in the Indonesian capital's central district.

"When we talk about violence, we're talking about things that are really happening in our communities, but that are often not reported," said Lily Puspasari of the UN Women Indonesia office. "We must learn to speak up and break the silence about violence against women," she said.

An unusual angle on violence against women was provided by one organization's focus on smoking as a form of domestic violence that principally harms women and children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Indonesia is home to some 60 million smokers --  the third-largest population of smokers in the world after India and China. Indonesia currently ranks at the top of the list of countries with the highest prevalence of active male adult smokers in the world: 67.4 percent of men and boys over the age of 15.