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Margaret Owen

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I’d like to quote Dr. Nafis Sadik, at the Beijing Conference who said “We must be courageous in speaking out on the issues that concern us. We must not bend under the weight of spurious arguments invoking culture or traditional values. No value worth the name supports the oppression and enslavement of women”. I welcome the work to develop a new UN CONVENTION to eliminate Violence to Women and Girls, for the articles of the CEDAW, now nearly 4 decades old, are ineffective and inadequate to address BOTH new forms of VAWG and areas of gender-based violence, such as that perpetrated against widows, that have been hidden from public scrutiny and condoned by governments. I am delighted to be part of the Everywoman Everywhere project, working with the subcommittee Older Women and Widows of All Ages.

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