Uganda, Africa
Laura Nyirinkindi

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“For long, the experiences of female victims and survivors of violence have been chalked up to domestic disagreements or squabbles and non weighty matters to be sorted out in the private sphere. This has had the unfortunate result of trivializing violence against women and rendering its various nefarious forms invisible in the mainstream arena and understanding of violence as a human rights violation. Hundreds of thousands of women on a daily basis all over the world are dealing with violence and the fallout from violent acts in times of peace, which in times of war would raise the deepest alarm to observers. It is high time for a binding treaty that; commits governments to recognise violence against women as a human rights violation and criminal;  and that obligates states to take required action to prevent such actions from occurring and where they do, provide meaningful remedies for women everywhere.”

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