Solomon Islands, Oceania
Savina Nongebatu

Savina Nongebatu

“For decades, the United Nations has produced treaties and conventions to safeguard particular groups in society. These conventions are hammered out in New York where a handful of government officials put their signatures to the convention. The shape these conventions take when they get in-country differs according to the Government Priorities. From a developing country like my country, Solomon Islands, the implementation of such conventions may never see the light in our villages and communities where about 85% of people live. The need for a global Norm on Violence against Women from the grass-root level is crucial in building support for a realistic, legally binding law that criminalizes violence against women in all its forms or shapes. Women with Disabilities in my region suffer from inter- sectional discrimination. In a truly inclusive approach, women with disabilities must be part of all decisions. As an active advocate for women with disabilities it is of utmost importance to have a global standard that integrates all conventions into domestic laws for the rights of all women.”

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