United Nations - San Salvador - Heads of State of 17 Ibero-American countries have signed on to UNIFEM's Say NO to Violence against Women campaign at the XVIII Ibero-American Summit in San Salvador that is concluding today. The Say NO initiative is an online advocacy initiative to make ending gender-based violence a top priority worldwide. It was developed to feed into and support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's multi-year campaign on the same issue.
"This unprecedented show of resolve at the highest level demonstrates that Governments are determined to take decisive action," said UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi. "We know that violence against women is a problem with a solution," she added. "It takes laws to end impunity; resources to provide protection and services to survivors. Yet above all, it takes political will and leadership, and this is what we have seen in San Salvador."