President of the Republic of Lithuania and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders Dalia Grybauskaitė, together with President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, issued a joint Call For Action to Reduce the Cost of Violence against Women.
According to the President, violence against women is a grave human rights violation. It leaves deep scars on women, families and entire societies. For crimes committed against women everyone pays the price.
The estimated cost of violence against women could reach 2 percent of global GDP. One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual abuse. According to the UN estimates, domestic and intimate partner violence causes more deaths and incurs much higher economic costs worldwide than homicides or civil wars.
Establishing the cost of violence against women helps to better understand the scope of the problem and to address it more efficiently. The call for action was prepared following the High-Level Discussion on the Economic Cost of Violence Against Women at the UN General Assembly, which took place in September 2016 on the initiative of President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Today, the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU together with the Women in Parliaments Global Forum have organised a first event to discuss the implementation of the Call for Action. The event, which gathers politicians, researchers, NGOs and media representatives, will also discuss ways to combat domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as the strengthening of international efforts to eliminate violence against women.