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David Wofford

David Wofford

Violence against women is really violence against society that damages women and girls but also warps the beliefs and behaviors of men and boys. This violence harms everyone. It is well documented that countries where women are not able to participate fully in their economic and social growth do less well than those that enable women to work and pursue careers, control their finances, determine the size and timing of their families, and feel safe in their home and communities. Violence against women is both a problem of individual behavior and social systems. No one approach will end violence. But a Global Treaty provides a needed legal framework and makes an international statement against VAW. As such, it will drive changes in national laws and support programs and spur communities within their cultural context to find ways to make violence against women in its many forms socially unacceptable.

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