Sri Lanka, Asia
DushiYanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

DushiYanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“Globally, violence against women is increasing. In many countries, perpetrators go unpunished, and enjoy impunity, which remains a main concern among many of us. “Impunity for violence against women compounds the effects of such violence as a mechanism of control. When the State fails to hold perpetrators accountable, impunity not only intensifies the subordination and powerlessness of the targets of violence, but also sends a message to society that male violence against women is both acceptable and inevitable”, noted by the Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon.

Violence against women are culturally and socially embedded. People continue to accept, tolerate and justify violence against women. Women are always blamed for violence against women, such as how she was dressed, where and when she was at the time of violence. Although, there are numerous international covenants to eradicate violence against women, it is noteworthy to revisit all the existing covenants, and have a global binding norm on violence against women, while also paying attention to women affected by conflict, women combatants, child brides, single mothers, and sex workers in South Asia.”

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