The Founder of Bella Foundation for Child and Maternal Care, a non-governmental organization, Bella Akhagba has called for a global treaty to end violence against women.
In a statement, Akhagba disclosed that violence against women and girls is now a global pandemic adding that, perpetrators walk freely on the streets while most survivors do not get justice.
According to her, “Violence against women and girls is the most widespread human rights violation on earth. High rates of violence exist globally: 35 per cent of women worldwide will survive sexual assault or domestic violence in their lifetime¹. Yet at present, the lack of action by governments leaves billions of girls and women around the world susceptible to rape, assault, and other forms of violence.
On prevention education, she said, “Research shows that education influences boys’ and men’s attitudes and actions, and encourages women and girls to demand their rights.
On services for survivors, she said, “it will ensure they receive treatment and protection and have avenues for seeking justice.
On funding, she added that “The treaties catalyze funding. In the first 36 hours of the Mine Ban Treaty, nations pledged US$500 million toward implementation.