Side Event: Remarks by Ambassador Wittig on UN Women / "COMMIT to End Violence Against Women”
(Remarks as preparded for delivery by Ambassador Wittig at a side-event to the 57th session of the Committee on the Status of Women, hosted by UN Women at the German Mission: “COMMIT to End Violence Against Women")
"Madam Under-Secretary-General, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honour for us to provide the venue for today’s event which will highlight and celebrate the national commitments made by UN Member States towards ending violence against women and girls under UN Women’s flagship initiative “COMMIT to End Violence against Women”.
It seems that the CSW and this side event have already had quite a motivating effect: I was informed that the number of countries participating in this inspiring initiative has more than doubled in the last days from 16 to over 40 countries!
COMMIT seeks concrete measures from governments to prevent and address violence against women in every country and I am pleased to say that Germany is one of them.
Please allow me to “take advantage” of my role as a host to briefly highlight the commitment of my own country:
First: Germany has committed to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. In this regard we will establish a national hotline number for the reporting of violence against women, develop a national monitoring concept to assess the results of all policy measures to protect women from violence and eliminate unequal pay between men and women.
Second: Germany has just adopted its National Action Plan to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which is inter alia aimed at helping to prevent and address violence in armed conflict.
Let me finish by thanking UN Women for taking this important initiative and for organizing this event. I would like to particularly thank you, Madam Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, for your tireless efforts and genuine engagement to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. Under your leadership the visibility of these issues and the profile of the UN have been raised tremendously in the past two years.
Without further ado, I would like to hand over to the moderator and UN Women. You have the floor."