Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, believes ending gender-based violence against women needs a change of altitude and collective action.
Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, says the main solution to gender-based violence is a change of mindset, noting that the government alone cannot solve the problem.
She stated that being a survivor of gender-based violence herself, a collective effort on the part of the government, stakeholders, changing social and cultural norms, and zero tolerance were essential.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General also called on governments to create an emergency response to gender-based violence in their respective countries across the world.
Issues such as femicide, early marriage, and violence against women are all matters which the UN has initiated conventions, programmes, and various tools to fight, she explained.
She said the UN was doing enough in combatting violence against women, especially when it increased due to the effects of the COVID-19 over the past year.
She felt the UN could do more to protect the rights of women, especially since the organisation highlighted that the pandemic had hindered the progression of women’s rights by 25 years.