Bolivia, Latin America and Caribbean
Silvia Vega Padilla

Silvia Vega

In the face of the serious problem of violence against women in Latin America, and in many countries worldwide, and the increase of violence and femicide cases, which are infringements of human rights and fundamental freedom, and the manifestation of the historical unequal power relationship between women and men, I think there aren’t enough international legal instruments created so far. Both the Convention of Belem do Pará (Inter-american Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and eradication of violence against women), and CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) among others, are agreements of good faith that lack of legal form and only morally enforce those who signed them. In these circumstances, it is necessary and important to develop an international treaty on violence against women, as an instrument to create legal obligations between States, in order to achieve better progress in the eradication of this issue.

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