Zimbabwe, Africa
Martha Tholanah

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“It is very important that we have an International Treaty on VAW. Women and girls continue suffer violations and violence that cause profoundly negative impacts on their self-esteem, mental and physical well-being. Much of the violations are compounded by the difficulties women and girls face in getting justice, as well as the way community leaders, families, health-care providers and others minimize VAW incidents and apportion blame on those who suffer violence, intimidating them into suffering silently. The time is overdue for national leaders, policymakers, community leaders and family leaders to take a firm stand and put a stop to VAW, and ensure there are well-resourced facilities and systems that effectively support those who have endured VAW.”

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