ODIHR Director calls on states to address gender-based violence, sexual assault, harassment

Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, called on participating States today to leverage current momentum in addressing gender-based violence in all its forms, including sexual assault and harassment. States have the primary responsibility to protect the rights of everyone, acting against gender-based violence is the shared responsibility of all men and women. 

“In the last few months, we have witnessed millions of women virtually joining hands in a world-wide act of solidarity demanding justice, inspiring courage and calling for action. The #MeToo campaign has generated an unprecedented impetus to speak up at all times about sexual harassment, assault and violence suffered by women all over the world,” Gísladóttir said on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna. “Breaking the silence has become a powerful and rights-affirmative denunciation of tolerance towards violence.”

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