UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA
Cris Sullivan

Cris Sullivan

“Violence against women and girls is a widespread human rights violation that devastates individuals, families and communities. While the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is a significant international treaty, it does not explicitly address violence against women. There have been an increasing number of international declarations, resolutions, and recommendations regarding ending violence against women over the years, and these each represent important advances. However, the creation of a global binding norm on gender-based violence would raise these efforts to new heights. It would not only signify the level of importance of this human rights issue internationally, it would provide women and girls with legal protections and redress and would help change social and cultural norms that promote gender-based violence.”

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