Skooter reporting 06/07/12
At a concert Wednesday night, Academy Award winners and U.N. goodwill ambassadors,and , called on to end violence against women to shore up the U.N. agency that campaigns for equality for women and an end to attacks against millions of women and girls.
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra was brought by General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar to the U.N. to mark his leadership of the 193-member world body this year and dedicated the concert to supporting UN Women, which was created in 2010.
Meantime, more than half of all women will be victims of violence in their lifetime, such as beating, sexual abuse, and even murder, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the crowd.
U.N. member states have pledged to raise $100 million by 2015 for its trust fund to combat violence against women, Al-Nasser said. This year alone, Al-Nasser said, “generous donations” have already been made by Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Neatherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa and Switzerland.
However, the former Chilean president, who heads U.N. Women, said that only 5 percent of the fund can meet the more than $1 billion requested to support life-saving programs around the world.