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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

Hector Abad Faciolince

Hector Abad Faciolince

Héctor Abad Faciolince is a Colombian novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. He grew up in Medellín, where he studied medicine, philosophy and journalism. After his father’s murder in 1987, he was forced into exile, living and teaching in Italy until 1992, when he again returned to Colombia.

Mr. Abad is considered one of the most talented "post-boom" writers in Latin American literature. He is best known for his bestseller "Oblivion: A Memoir". His other works include Angosta, Recipes for Sad Women, and The forms of Laziness and Other Essays.

As a journalist, Mr. Abad has published articles in The New York Times, Newsweek, and El País, and has a column in the Colombian Sunday Edition of El Espectador. He is also a two-time recipient of the Colombian Simón Bolívar National Prize in Journalism, and the first Casa de América Award for Innovative American Narrative for Basura (2000). He recently received the WOLA-Duke University Human Rights Book Award.