The World Health Organization (WHO) published a pioneering study in 2013 to measure global and regional estimates of violence against women, and found that 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical and/or sexual violence because of her gender in her lifetime, with significant majority of these women falling victim to their intimate partner. For the purpose of this study, we use a broader definition: “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” This paper will address the need and feasibility for a new international and legally binding treaty specifically on the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
Falk, Maram; Sevett, Alexandra; Walker Bloem, Lauren.
Prospects for a New Global Convention of the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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