Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. (J. Scott Applewhite-AP)
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The United States says eliminating violence against women and girls “requires all of us” to take action.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated this in a message on the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Pompeo said violence against women was a global issue that affected millions of people annually.

The U.S. top diplomat said: “Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence.

“The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and sexual violence to forced marriage and so-called honour killings.

“Eliminating violence against women and girls requires all of us – governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organisations – to take action”.

To help bring attention to this global challenge, the US observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

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