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Violence against women and girls is a real scourge affecting the latter all across the world every day. As many as 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. To contribute in addressing this global challenge, the EU and UN have launched the Spotlight initiative in September 2017 which is a global initiative at the forefront of the fight to end violence against women and girls.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission Amira El Fadil, UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and IOM Director General António Vitorino in the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
Two important summits took place in the margins of UNGA this week - The UN Climate Action Summit and the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals - where the EU expressed its strong commitment on accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development towards a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being on a healthy planet at its core.