Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

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UN
18 Dec 2013
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68
ISBN:
9789210544832 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/5e37558d-en
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  • Foreword
    Across the world—in rich and poor countries alike—women are being beaten, trafficked, raped and killed. These human rights abuses not only inflict great harm and suffering on individuals—they tear at the fabric of entire societies.
  • Acknowledgements
    This Handbook is based on the results of an expert group meeting on good practices in legislation to address violence against women, convened by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in May 2008. The meeting reviewed and analysed experiences, approaches and good practices in legislation on violence against women from around the world, and developed a model framework for legislation on violence against women.
  • Introduction
    Comprehensive legislation is fundamental for an effective and coordinated response to violence against women. States have clear obligations under international law to enact, implement and monitor legislation addressing all forms of violence against women. Over the past two decades, many States have adopted or revised legislation on violence against women. However, significant gaps remain. Many States still do not have in place legislative provisions that specifically address violence against women and, even where legislation exists, it is often limited in scope and coverage, or is not enforced.
  • International and regional legal and policy framework
    Over the past two decades, violence against women has come to be understood as a form of discrimination and a violation of women’s human rights. Violence against women, and the obligation to enact laws to address violence against women, is now the subject of a comprehensive legal and policy framework at the international and regional levels.
  • Model framework for legislation on violence against women
    Over the past two decades, violence against women has come to be understood as a violation of women’s human rights and a form of gender-based discrimination. Legislation on violence against women should be in conformity with the United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (resolution 48/104 of 1993), read together with article 1 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and general recommendations No. 12 (1989) and 19 (1992) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
  • Checklist of steps to be taken when drafting legislation on violence against women
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