Vanessa Bettinson

Bettinson 2016

Human Rights treaties are based on the principle of universality but despite this, widespread human rights violations against women and girls continues in all nations. CEDAW has helped to make these violations more visible to the world, but only offers legal protection in the form of ‘soft law’. A new treaty is needed to hold states accountable for their policies and failures that either directly or indirectly condone practices that amount to violence against women. A new treaty is needed to provide unambiguous obligations on states and a robust monitoring system that welcomes the expertise of grass roots organisations with their local knowledge. I believe a new treaty is needed to support the goal to eradicate this global problem and welcome a treaty that is informed by dedicated people in all regions and countries.

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