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The Women of the World are Depending on Us

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Gender violence must cease to be a common currency, IDLO Director-General Irene Khan has said. (..) The WFP-hosted event, which focused on the negative impact of violence against women on food security, also heard from panelist Lourdes Tiban, an Ecuadorean lawmaker of indigenous descent. Gender violence, she said, is not ordained by destiny. (..) The event was opened by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. She later spoke to IDLO’s news editor, Andre Vornic, about the rationale behind today’s event. (..) "We keep doing the work. Every event like this is a stock-taking. It’s an opportunity to see whence we’ve come, what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, but most important, how we go forward. And what excites me about opportunities like today is that they energize people to say we are making progress, but we must do more. Because the women of the world are depending on us," said Ertharin Cousin.