This year has seen the impressive rise of strong, inspiring women at the forefront of global politics. Hillary Clinton stands an excellent chance to be elected as the first female President of the United States. Britain has just elected its second female Prime Minster in Theresa May, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel's principled humanitarian position on the refugee crisis has given Europe much needed leadership. It is obvious why some people say this is the 'Year of the Woman'.
It is our obligation to protect and to empower women, to end violence, including sexual violence, and to safeguard women's role in our societies. There can be no excuse for the appalling crimes of sexual violence. The UN has to show its strong commitment to ending impunity for violence against women and girls.