Nabila Hamza


“VAWG is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. States are failing to meet their responsibility to end violence against women and girls and this crucial issue has not yet received the priority required at national and international levels, to enable significant change. The lack of effective national laws to end violence against women, or the failure to implement such laws where they exist, is widespread. Impunity for violence against women often results from the lack of international standards to ensure this achievement. In a number of countries, a rapist can go free under the penal code if he marries the victim. Many States have no specific legal provisions against domestic violence. Marital rape is not a prosecutable offence in more than 50 countries. The most effective way to fight violence against women is a clear demonstration of political commitment by States, backed by action and resources and particularly by international legal tools. We need to adopt a legally binding instrument, such as a UN Convention or Additional Protocol to CEDAW, to ban and punish all forms of violence against women and girls and make governments accountable to outlaw violence against women at the domestic level.”

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