Sri Lanka, Asia
Azra Abdul Cader


“We hear stories of violence against women and girls everyday. This is not a new problem affecting women but one that has manifested in many shapes and forms for centuries. While the crux is the lack of gender equality and respect for women and girls as equals, we cannot discount the effects that religious interpretation, cultural practices and traditions that stem from religion, belief systems and practices have on violence and in the justification of violence against women and girls. An international treaty on VAW has to be an effective instrument to hold State Parties accountable in international spaces as well as offering mechanisms to ensure women’s human rights at the local levels. Real change is needed in the lives of women and girls who would be empowered through such an instrument and able to counter forces that have prevented them justice thus far. Together with a treaty should come an implementation plan that offers opportunities for change in their lives, and takes into consideration their voices and experiences and is able to counter religious forces that stand to prevent justice and protect perpetrators. “

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