Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

Nicholas Hill
U.S. Deputy Representative to the Economic and Social Council
New York, New York
October 5, 2021


The Biden Administration seeks to end gender-based violence (GBV) wherever it exists. This requires a comprehensive approach to addressing GBV that recognizes the critical importance of intersectionality and the unique effects of GBV on members of underserved and historically marginalized communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous persons, LGBT-plus persons, and persons with disabilities, and the impact of COVID-19 and other pandemics.

In addition to GBV prevention, the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to providing response services to survivors. We are also working to prevent femicide, child marriage, and female genital mutilation and cutting.

By eliminating gender-based violence and other barriers to the full, equal, and meaningful participation of all women and girls in society, we dramatically enhance global social and economic prosperity and security for everyone and are creating a fundamentally more just world.

I will end with a question, what steps should we take to more fully integrate these intersecting forms of discrimination into the UN’s approach to countering GBV?