By Amie Williams

female bodied mannequins wearing different signs depicting violence against women

As crises such as conflict, Covid-19 and climate change exacerbate violence against women and girls, why is the world not taking more action?

A new report released on February 1, 2023 by a group of women’s rights activists from 128 countries documents a rapid rise in violence against women and girls worldwide and current gaps in international law to address this crisis. The “Safer Now” report was released by the Every Woman Treaty, a coalition of over 2,000 women’s rights activists from 128 countries, including Greece, advocating for a new global treaty to address this issue. 

“Women and girls are dying. The activists defending them are hunted. The violence is rising. This begs a single question: Are the needs of women and girls being met under the current system? The indisputable answer is no,” says Najla Ayoubi, co-founder of Every Woman Treaty, in the report. Najla was the first female judge in her province of Afghanistan who paid the price defending women’s rights with the assassination of her father and brother before she was forced to flee…

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