Ending Violence Against Women, Girls Is Key To Advancing Progress Toward MDGs

Huffington Post: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals
Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the global community will come together to reflect on key achievements and challenges in advancing progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. This provides an opportune moment to examine the impact of one such challenge: violence against women and girls. … The U.S. government and its partners are deeply committed to helping address violence against women and girls, including by supporting countries that want to tackle these issues head-on. This is critical not only to ensure that all individuals can participate fully and safely in their families and communities, but also can access HIV-related and other essential health services…” (3/19).