USA, North America
Francisco Rivera

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“VAW needs to be framed as a human rights issue. An international human rights treaty on VAW is therefore essential to change the current narrative and to complement the existing domestic and regional legal framework. The Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of VAW (Belém do Pará Convention), which came to life 20 years ago, has proven to be a tremendous tool in changing this narrative through advocacy and litigation efforts. It has helped harmonize the definition of VAW, and has served as inspiration for important changes in domestic laws and practices in the Americas. We have learned much in the last 20 years about the strengths and weaknesses of this regional treaty and its enforcement mechanisms. Now, we have the opportunity to build upon this wealth of experience and create a better and more effective international legal framework and monitoring mechanism to prevent, punish, and eradicate VAW. I fully support this initiative.”

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