To the Chairperson of NCW India – Ms Mamta Sharma

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has been shocked to learn in the news media of the violent attack, rape and subsequent death of Jyoti Singh.

Violence against women and girls is a global human rights injustice, which occurs in every culture, race, religion, and socioeconomic group. Women everywhere are under threat – the UN says that up to 70% of all women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. And it starts young, with girls under the age of 16 making up almost half the victims of sexual assault.

NCWNZ abhors violence against women and girls in any form and works with the New Zealand government, its agencies and other NGOs to achieve its elimination. Our members in New Zealand wish to convey their deepest sympathy to the family of Jyoti and their support for all the women of the world who are subject to unacceptable violence against them. Ending violence against women is a long-term global fight, but real progress is being made through the focusing of international attention on India at this sad time.

Rae Duff, 1st Vice President, NCWNZ

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