NEW ZEALAND, OCEANIA
Ruth Howlett

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A Treaty in regards to Violence Against Women is needed due to the fact that at present, there is no single, comprehensive legal definition of violence against women within the articles of any of the United Nations human rights treaties. The issue across the world is that laws are based on male dominated patriarchy and religion in many cultures and communities where the wellbeing of Women is not an equal priority and in many cases of harm to women, causing a gap where abuse of women of all ages is normalised often as unconscious bias ingrained into the foundations of everyday life that I still see in my own country today. Without  strong international legal framework addressing violence against women, regional domestic policies and legal structures strongly influenced by religion, tradition and socio-cultural practices that currently prevent effective protection of women.  This needs to change.

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