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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

Franco Frattini

Franco Frattini

Franco Frattini was born in Rome on the 14 March 1957. Having graduated in law, he was appointed State Prosecutor in 1981, State Advocate with the Attorney General's Office in 1984 and later Judge with the Piedmont Regional Administrative Court before his appointment to the Council of State in 1986. Between 1993 and 1995 he served as Deputy Secretary-General and then Secretary-General of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr. Frattini was Minister for the Civil Service and Regional Affairs, and Minister for Civil Service and Coordination of Information and Security Services, before serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to November 2004. He was also Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security from 2004 to 2008.

Mr. Frattini has been Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy since May 2008. In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the G-8, he convened an international conference in Rome on violence against women in September 2009. He is engaged in work to eliminate female genital mutilation/genital cutting.