Zimbabwe, Africa
Ricky Nathanson

Ricky Nathanson

Women across the globe are subject to violence in all its forms – violent physical beatings, vitriolic verbal abuse, rape, subjugation, financial abuse and disenfranchisement, and systemic institutional violence. As a trans activist, I stand firmly for the rights of the trans diverse community, but especially that of transwomen. We are victims of some of the worst forms of violence against women. Statistics show that we are raped, beaten, verbally denigrated, ostracised and marginalised on a daily basis across the globe. These inhumane acts of patriarchy, misogyny, violations of basic human rights are done with impunity, not only by the “stronger” sex [males] but communities, institutions and state actors. The Violence Against Women Treaty is crucial in seeing discussions begin to put an end to these vicious acts, which result in not only injury, but also sometimes physical maiming, mental torture and anguish, and even loss of life. By virtue of being born human, each being has the right to live a life of dignity, freedom [of expression & choice], free from sexual coercion and exploitation, and ultimately the optimum quality of life afforded to them. This treaty must thus be used to ensure that these basic human rights are awarded to women, by holding not only individuals, but communities, institutions and governments accountable.

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