In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism, on International Human Rights Day December 10, the State Department will highlight on social media the ways in which the United States and others have worked to confront this crime—in its many forms—and call on others to join us in ensuring this vital work continues.
The United States is proud to be part of these efforts. Throughout the Obama Administration we have stood in solidarity with survivors while investing in the kind of infrastructures that are needed to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and address the harmful norms and stereotypes that often perpetuate it—here at home, and abroad.
The campaign makes clear that violence against women and girls is a human rights issue—and that everyone can and must act to end it. We must speak out against violence. We must support survivors and commemorate the victims. And we must stand together in our commitment to end violence against women and girls in all its forms. Together, we can and will make the progress needed to eliminate this scourge on our society. — John Kerry, Secretary of State
Video Message of Ambassador John Bass for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
- Ambassador John Bass