On Thursday, 14 February 2013, a special event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York City in support of the 1 Billing Rising campaign calling on one billion women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence.

Up to 7 out of 10 women around the world experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime and as many as 1 in 4 during pregnancy, according to UN agencies. Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides married before the age of 18.  [more information]

In addition, senior UN leaders recorded these special videos:

Message from UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet

Message from UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women are calling on Governments everywhere to COMMIT to end violence against women and girls. There are many ways to make a life free of violence a reality for women and girls in every country: from passing or improving laws; launching public awareness campaigns; providing safe houses, free hotline services and free legal aid to survivors; supporting education programmes that address gender stereotypes and violence; and increasing women in law enforcement, peacekeeping forces and frontline services. Check out if your Government has committed yet!

The UN System works to end violence against women and girls every day of the year, see: