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United to end the violence against women
. Ban Ki-moon
"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."
Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools and offices and boardrooms.


Network of Men Leaders

Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders

César Gaviria Trujillo

César Gaviria Trujillo

Known as a conflict mediator, advocate of democracy, staunch supporter of regional integration and defender of human rights, César Gaviria Trujillo began his career at age 23 when he was elected councilman in his hometown of Pereira, Colombia.

In 1974, Mr. Gaviria was elected to Colombia’s House of Representatives, rising to the top position in the House in 1983. After serving as Colombian Minister of Finance and later as Minister of the Interior, Mr. Gaviria left the Government in early 1989 to manage the presidential campaign of Senator Luis Carlos Galán. Following the brutal murder of Senator Galán by drug traffickers, the Liberal Party chose Mr. César Gaviria as its candidate. He was elected President of Colombia in May 1990.

As President, he enacted policies to strengthen democracy, promote peace and reintegrate armed rebels into civilian life. At the end of his term in office in 1994, President Gaviria was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States, a position he held until 2004. Throughout his career, César Gaviria has advocated for women’s rights and an end to violence against women.