While the world was celebrating a global pledge to keep temperature rises below two degrees Celsius on the weekend, an almost equally significant global commitment went largely unnoticed.
At an international conference to end violence against women held in Istanbul, representatives from more than 40 countries made action-oriented pledges to create a safer world for women.
Organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the 16 day conference culminated in world leaders vowing to take a zero tolerance approach and immediate action to end the global epidemic of violence against women.
They also agreed to greater investment in gender equality, to share data on violence against women and to strengthen existing laws to protect women.
Australia, which was officially represented at the conference, was specifically thanked for its efforts to tackle gender-based violence.
According to data provided by UN Women, one in three women around the world have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.
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