Muslim and Western nations overcame deep divisions to agree on a landmark United Nations code to combat violence against women and girls.
Iranian women pray in western Tehran, on August 19, 2012. Muslim and western nations overcame deep divisions to agree a historic United Nations declaration setting out a code of conduct for combatting violence against women.
Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to block the declaration and agreed to language stating that violence against women could not be justified by "any custom, tradition or religious consideration."
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