Sudan, Africa
Reem Abbas

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It is unfair and incomprehensible to the well-being of women to continue entrusting states in adopting their own mechanisms and developing solid legal instruments to combat VAW with the current massive discrepancies between states based on political influences and patriarchal interpretations of religious and cultural values. An international treaty on VAW is the only way to ensure that VAW is viewed as a pressing matter by the different states and all the state and region-specific practices are addressed thus helping women of the world become equal in front of the international law. An international treaty on VAW will help save thousands of Sudanese women who are sentenced to up to 100 lashings, will protect women from domestic violence which remains the number one reason in divorce cases and will ensure that perpetrators are actually prosecuted for rape and not adultery

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