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Ban Ki-Moon's Wife Calls for Global Attention to Violence Against Women

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Violence against women is a serious problem in many states across the world and it should be addressed at a global level, Ban Soon-Taek, the wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Women for Peace Association Patron, told Sputnik.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — On Friday, UN Women for Peace Association held an annual "March in March" luncheon to raise awareness of the widespread violations of women's rights around the world.

"Abuse of women's rights is widespread. Violence against women is a very serious problem. Therefore, it is very important to address it at a global level. Such events are important," Ban Soon-Taek told Sputnik on Friday.

Violence against women is a global issue. According to the UN Women for Peace Association's head Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, nearly one in five women under 15 years old are sexually abused.

The Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) terrorist group is selling girls for as little as $25. As many as 2.5 million people are annually trafficked for prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude.

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