Treaties are global game changers.

Remember when airplanes had smoking sections and a night out meant coming home smelling like an ashtray? Smoking was everywhere. Now, thanks to the Tobacco Treaty, it’s largely gone in public spaces.

Similarly, 25 years ago landmines were killing and maiming civilians. Then the Mine Ban Treaty prompted governments to clear millions of acres of fields and destroy stockpiles, saving countless lives in multiple nations.

We can do the same for violence against women.

Treaties create a legal obligation under international law for nations to act. A treaty specific to ending violence against girls and women will change the world from a system of silence into one of accountability. It will also close the wide legal gaps that currently leave billions of women around the world unprotected from violence.

How? By mandating that nations enact the following package of evidence-based interventions proven to lower rates of violence:

1. Legal. Laws make a difference; in nations with domestic violence laws, mortality rates for women are 32 percent lower.

2. Training and accountability. For police, judges, nurses and doctors, and other professionals, which lead to increased prosecution of perpetrators and better treatment for survivors.

3. Violence prevention education. Research shows that education influences boys’ and men’s attitudes and actions, and encourages women and girls to demand their rights.

4. Services for survivors. Hotlines, shelters, legal advice, and other services ensure survivors receive treatment and protection, and have avenues for seeking justice.

5. Fund it. Treaties catalyze funding. In the first 36 hours of the Mine Ban Treaty, nations pledged US$500 million toward implementation. The Every Woman Treaty fund aims for US$4 billion annually, or one dollar per female on earth.

This concerted effort transforms governments’ spotty implementation of interventions into a comprehensive, effective approach proven to increase women’s protection and safety.

We can end violence against women.
Join us. Together, we can make history.
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I stand for a life free from all forms of violence for every woman and girl, everywhere.

I hereby join the call for a global treaty to eradicate violence against women and girls.

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