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08 March 2013

INTERPOL supports International Women’s Day

In October 2012, a 14-year old girl was shot in Pakistan. The only reason: she – Malala Yousafzai – was advocating women’s rights.

Malala survived. A symbol of hope, she has become the youngest nominee in history for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. She and many like her have fearlessly striven to keep alive the dreams of women across the world, amid the darkness caused by violence and other crimes against them.

INTERPOL is proud to work towards creating a safer world where women are free of such crimes. And in its pursuit, yet another milestone was achieved on 8 November 2012 at INTERPOL’s 81st General Assembly session in Rome, Italy.

On that day, the election of Ms Mireille Ballestrazzi as the first woman to be INTERPOL’s President reflected the pivotal role of women in police leadership globally.

So, on this day and beyond, let our actions continue to speak in unison with the United Nations theme for the 102nd International Women’s Day, 2013: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.

We, at the forefront of the global fight against crime, have a duty to ensure that tangible steps are taken to end violence against women, across our global membership.