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Jeanne Sarson

Jeanne Sarson

Why is a legally binding treaty on violence against women and girls (VAWGs) globally essential? The answer is clear when acknowledging why the male-dominated global society persists exercising all forms of patriarchal, misogynistic, and misopedic domination, oppression, and violence against one-half of humankind—against women and girls. Recently attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women I thought: Why after 71 years following its existence have we not progressed to eradicating gendered-inequality? Why do we not have an UN Commission of Human Rights Equality? The visible answer is that giving up male patriarchal positional power to promote women’s and girls’ human right equality does not happen freely; therefore, we need tools to bite back with. A legally binding treaty on VAWGs is the only progressive global option. As a woman, as a mother of twin sons, if one had been a ‘she’ the other a ‘he’ ‘she’ would be of lesser human value than ‘he’. This was/is an unacceptable continuing norm. Protectively fulfilling the human rights of women and girls, including their right not to be subjected to non-State actor torture, with openness for emerging violations, must be met with respectful global support for this legally binding VAWGs treaty. (photo by Teckles Photo Inc)

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