The violence hasn’t stopped, so the stories must be retold writes Quentin Bryce

The violence hasn’t stopped, so the stories must be retold writes Quentin Bryce

”These abuses have continued because, for too long, the history of women has been a history of silence … let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.”

It was an extraordinary feat of international co-operation, though we shouldn’t forget that it was only 20 years ago; only 20 years since nations around the world agreed that something so abhorrent should be recognised as a human rights issue.

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The global ambition may exist to eliminate violence against women, but we know that it persists at appalling rates; no nation is spared the disgrace, including our own.

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