By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service
The United Nations has launched a multi-year global campaign to intensify its efforts to help eliminate violence against women, which has long remained hidden in a "culture of silence. With this campaign, we are breaking the silence, and ensuring that women's voices are heard," says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). "We need strong and sustained leadership such as yours," she told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who shared the podium, "to change norms and attitudes. It is time to end complicity and impunity."