Women and girls have the right to live free of violence today and in the future.
This was the message by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the launch in New York last week of the global campaign against violence on women.
Speaking at the opening of the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Ki-Moon said the campaign was to stop "the untold cost that violence against women inflicts on humankind".
He called on governments, civil society and the UN to "carry the message around the world that violence against women was a violation of human rights".
Public Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, who led the South African delegation, supported the campaign.
"Greater attention and resources must be devoted to women's empowerment and gender equality," she said. - Sapa