called for joining efforts to end this scourge.
"Let's act now. Let's save girls and adolescents from sexual violence," reads a message published by the Presidential Office on its X account (formerly known as Twitter) earlier today.
Globally, an estimated 736 million women —almost one in three— have been subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both, at least once in their life.
The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women
—issued by the UN General Assembly
in 1993— defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."