UNITED NATIONS — The UN secretary-general and the head of a new UN agency on gender equality urged international donors and the business community Tuesday to contribute $100 million a year to combat a global pandemic of violence against women.
Ban Ki-moon and former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, whom he selected in September to head UN Women, called for corporate leadership in ending gender-based violence at the UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
According to Bachelet, up to 70 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime, "the majority from someone they already know." Such abuse violates women's human rights and undercuts broader efforts to achieve gender equality but is costly to business in lost work time and earnings, she said.
"This issue cannot be resolved without adequate resources," Bachelet said.