Australia, Oceania
Truffy Maginnis

Truffy Maginnis

I grew up in a time of ‘Troubles’ in my home country – Northern Ireland – where the violence against women and girls was neither recognised nor understood in the context of more generalised violence. But I noticed. Then, western feminist ideas of how women are viewed and treated in world helped me begin to make sense of why this happens. These new understandings fostered the rage I felt then at the dominant descriptions of where women and girls belonged (or didn’t) in the world, initially in that western context. Later as I met and worked alongside women from across the world, from diverse cultures, backgrounds and lived experiences, the broader global reality became clear. I have a deeper awareness of what it might take to undo the ideas and actions that justify the violence. Such flagrant, and apparently shameless, denial of the human rights of women and girls is long overdue for change. I fully support the development and implementation of an international Treaty on the elimination of violence against women and girls.

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