Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Marie Nyombo Zaina

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“An international treaty on violence against women is necessary to translate into action all the treaties of the United Nations on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, and push policymakers in various countries in the implementation, and fight for that the voices of survivors are heard for their compensation and prosecution of executioners. Gender equality, while necessary, is not sufficient. Inequalities that are emerging between women and men are all consequences of a too stereotypical socialization enjoining each of the sexes to occupy differentiated places on the social chessboard. If we want to contribute to a change in relations between women and men, there should be considered legal standards with criminal penalties, which regulate the relations of respect, consideration and gender equality from an early age. Changing gender roles and stereotypes is one of them.”

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