Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said the government is committed to the cause of empowerment of womenfolk and enhancing their status, dignity and prestige in the society. In a message on International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women falling on November 25, he said violence against women is a global phenomenon. It has various forms and manifestations and violence not only means physical harm and psychological scar but also the degradation of moral, social and human values, he said adding the purpose of observing International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is to raise awareness among the womenfolk about their rights and also to sensitize the society to the imperative of respecting women rights.