Witchcraft Accusations, Violence and Torture of Women and Children was a parallel event at the 2015 UN Commission on the Status of Women. Organized by Lois Herman of the Women’s United Nations Rights Network, it included information from Nigeria, Papua-New Guinea, India, and other countries and regions – going into the rationales and motives behind such charges, and their sad results. The event addressed the global nature of witch accusations. Panelists also addressed rights from treaties, declarations and laws that could mitigate this behavior if enforced. However, the most effective way may be the gradual work to change the understanding of both accused and accusers.
Contributors: Lois Herman, founder and editor, Women’s United Nations Report Network ; Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, physician from Nigeria, UNICEF researcher, and President of the Widows Development Organization; Stephanie Ortoleva, human rights lawyer and founder of Women Enabled International; Lys Anzia, founder and editor, Women News Network ; Terezinha da Silva, Mozambique coordinator for Women and Law in Southern Africa; Mrs Obioma Liyel-Imoke, founder of Mothers Against Child Abandonment in Cross River state, Nigeria