Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Day Eighteen
Many migrant women endure physical, sexual, and emotional violence, as well as economic abuse and exploitation during the migration process. Under international treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), governments have a legal obligation to protect women from violence, promote human rights, and ensure that survivors of violence have access to justice. In some societies, women are looked upon as representatives of the family’s honor. As such, rape victims, women suspected of engaging in premarital sex, and women accused of adultery can be punished by violence and/or death at the hands of their own relatives.