Swaziland, Africa
Gcebile Ndlovu

Gcebile Ndlovu

Violence against women constitutes one of the most prevalent human rights abuses at the global level. There is need for a treaty for VAW because it has been continuing at alarming rates all over the world. The fact that there had been no international treaty provisions on violence against women is all the more surprising given that since 1979, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), has been in existence. The multitude of statements on violence against women issued by the CEDAW Committee all fall within the category of ‘soft law’ which is non-binding on states. From the perspective of principle, this is unacceptable. A treaty, which will be more legally binding on violence against women would therefore be of substantial symbolic importance.

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