Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 3 April 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks at the presidential signing ceremony for "Say NO-UNiTE Campaign"President Bakiyev, Ministers, Ladies and gentlemen,
I am very happy to be here to witness this signing by the President, which is a concrete symbol of your commitment to ending violence against women and girls.
At the United Nations, all our years of work on development have taught us that if you educate a woman?then you educate her children, her community and her country.
If you give a woman power and respect, she will take decisions that benefit her family, and society as a whole.
But we all know that women are all too often subjected to horrific abuse and violence, around the world. No country is immune.
We must UNiTE? to end crimes against women, including domestic violence, sex trafficking, and early or forced marriage.
That is why we are calling on all countries to draw up new laws, and take concrete measures by 2015.
Our UNiTE campaign is galvanizing action across the United Nations system, and around the world – throughout South America, Africa? and here in Kyrgyzstan.
I welcome your personal commitment, Mr. President, to these goals.
Let us reaffirm our respect for women's human rights let us invest more resources in countering this violence and let us do all it takes to end these horrific crimes.
Rakhmat. (Thank you).
Statements on 3 April 2010