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UN adopts plan to fight violence against women

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AP, UNITED NATIONS

The Libyan delegation objected to paragraphs calling for sex education for all adolescents and youth, with appropriate direction from parents, and for priority to programs for girls’ education so they can take responsibility for their own lives, “including access to a sustainable livelihood.”

At the start of the meeting, Bachelet said data from the WHO and other research shows that an average of 40 percent — and up to 70 per cent of women in some countries — face violence in their lifetimes, and she pointed to recent high-profile attacks on women in India and Pakistan.

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