Nigeria, Africa
Eleanor Nwadinobi

Eleanor Nwadinobi

I strongly believe in an International treaty as the best mechanism for eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls ( VAWG). Simply because it is only when you give a name or a definition to a violence or abuse, that it will be recognised as such and appropriately addressed. Endorsement by countries in treaty form, will result in committed obligations and accountability at the highest level. Holistic enforcement mechanisms which will allow states to implement treaty provisions and remain accountable, should include; enumerated specific responsible bodies for implementation, reporting, monitoring, peer review, punishment for perpetrators, reparation and compensation for survivors. The current instruments that address Violence Against Women such as, CEDAW general recommendations and reporting mechanisms, regional conventions and action plans, Beijing Platform for Action, are all good as process documents and have served as launch pads and service points along the way to the actualisation reduction of VAWG. A treaty however, would be the landing pad for zero tolerance and eventual elimination of VAWG.

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