Today we are celebrating 70 years since the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
AWAVA recognises that violence against women and girls is one of the most serious and widespread violations of fundamental human rights. It manifests itself through violations of the rights to: life, equality and non-discrimination, rights not to be subjected to torture and treated in an inhuman and degrading way, rights to liberty and security, the highest standard attainable of physical and mental health, to respect, to physical, sexual and psychological integrity, and to just and favourable conditions of work.
We work to combat all forms of violence against women to ensure that all women and children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse.
In our work to end violence against women, we have strong links with international bodies and mechanisms to advance gender equality. This year the National Women’s Alliances have produced a fact sheet mapping international engagement and outlining each Alliance’s domestic advocacy priorities against international frameworks and commitments on gender equality and women’s rights.
The AWAVA fact sheet describes our engagement with the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Sustainable Development Goals, Commission for the Status of Women as well as other international mechanisms.