On 12 March, Commissioner for International Development and Cooperation Neven Mimica will be in New York to participate in the Commission on the Status of Women’s 62nd Session, which will examine the challenges and opportunities for empowering rural women and girls.
In the margins of this, the European Union will host a side event called "Under the Spotlight: Ending Violence against ALL Women and Girls". In this context, Commissioner Mimica said: "Through the Spotlight Initiative, we want to reach the most remote and vulnerable areas, which traditional programmes do not reach. In cooperation with partners we continue investing in infrastructure, technology, quality services, social protection and opportunities for women and girls to enhance their skills and build their capacities, leaving no one behind".
During the side event on Monday, Commissioner Mimica will welcome high-level advocates who are working to end violence against women and girls, including United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid, Presidential Secretary for Women of Guatemala Ana Leticia Aguilar Theissen.
The Spotlight Initiative is currently supported by the EU's contribution of €500 million, while other donors and partners are invited to join. The meeting will be live-streamed on UN Web TV, and media accreditations are possible here.
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(for more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322: Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256)