Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

EU and UN: Together for human rights and ending violence against women

28/09/2018 - 17:31
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On Thursday, the EU hosted two flagship events dedicated to human rights in the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Neven Mimica, together with UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, launched the Latin America programme of the Spotlight Initiative worth €50 million, which aims at eradicating femicide in Latin America. Femicide claims the lives of 12 women in Latin America every day. With the €50 million investment, the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative will fund new and innovative programmes in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, to help women and girls live lives free from violence. High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini also launched, in the presence of UN Secretary General António Guterres and UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, the Good Human Rights Stories Initiative. The initiative aims to promote a fresh positive narrative on human rights in the world, based on celebrating individual and cross-regional ownership of the universality and indivisibility of human rights. The participants jointly committed to uphold and improve human rights domestically and internationally, through good governance, strong independent rule-of-law and democratic institutions, and by working closely with civil society. Audio-visual coverage of both events is available on EbS. Commissioner Stylianides also co-hosted a high-level event with UNICEF in the context of the EU leadership of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies. The Commissioner's speech is available here. Furthermore, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has announced €5 million in humanitarian aid for vulnerable communities in Myanmar. The EU's assistance will address the most urgent needs of communities in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states and provide them with humanitarian protection, as well as emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation assistance.

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