UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas launches appeal to end violence against women

08 Mar 2013

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas launched a global video on International Women’s Day, saying: “Violence against women is unacceptable and must stop now.”

Ankara  – Film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas broadcasted a video on Women’s Day in order to appeal to end violence against women.

“Up to 60 percent of women around the world experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their life, and as many as half of all sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16,” Banderas says in his video address.

He also added; “Two million women and girls are trafficked each year into prostitution, forced labour, slavery, or servitude. Young women and girls are often particularly vulnerable to early marriage, female genital mutilation and HIV – putting their health and rights at risk. This is unacceptable, and it must stop now.”

Banderas also calls on men to join him in standing up to violence directed at women and girls. “Stand up to end violence against women, now,” he concludes.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”