Violence against women

The Continuum of Gender Based Violence in Ukraine

In our continuum of violence series, Laura Dean looks behind the high levels of gender-based violence during the war in Ukraine and finds a pre-war society with deeply entrenched inequalities and discrimination against women.

Calls to the domestic violence hotline in Ukraine have increased 30 percent since the war in Eastern Ukraine began in March 2014. Although this statistic and […]

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    Should policy-makers align attempts to transform violent masculinities?

Should policy-makers align attempts to transform violent masculinities?

As part of a series exploring continuums of violence, David Duriesmith looks at policy responses to men’s violence against women and to (men’s) violent extremism, urging policymakers to see beyond the notion of ‘toxic’ masculinity and the ‘bad man’ and acknowledge structural causes.

Policymakers in a wide range of arenas are coming to terms with the myriad of harms which […]

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    To address the plight of Yazidi women we must look beyond the notion of wartime ‘sex slaves’

To address the plight of Yazidi women we must look beyond the notion of wartime ‘sex slaves’

 

In the first in a series exploring the continuum of gender violence across war and peace, Philippa Greer asks us to look beyond sexual violence in conflict by also considering the chronic inequalities of power experienced by Yazidi women before and after ISIS’s genocide against the Yazidis. 

 
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We are entitled to gender equality – already

On International Women’s Day, and in the context of new movements and campaigns to end sexist abuse and discrimination, Lisa Gormley reminds us that the law is already on side – that gender equality is a legal right.

Feminism is the word of our times. Feminists have worked with international human rights law since the 1990s, as one tool among many to […]

March 8th, 2018|Featured, Legal analysis|Comments Off on We are entitled to gender equality – already|
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    Special Rapporteur calls for renewed political will and a streamlined approach to tackle violence against women

Special Rapporteur calls for renewed political will and a streamlined approach to tackle violence against women

In her recent report, Dr Dubravka Simonovic, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, examined the adequacy of the legal framework in preventing and addressing gender-based violence. Lisa Gormley considers the conclusions and recommendations.

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A new report from the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, on […]

October 26th, 2017|Featured|1 Comment|
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    The peace process did not mean the end of violence for women in Colombia

The peace process did not mean the end of violence for women in Colombia

According to a recent report, 16 women each hour were the victims of sexual violence in Colombia from 2010-2015, including while peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC-EP were underway. Erika Rodríguez Gómez discusses the significance of the report and the challenges to fully realising women’s rights in Colombia.  
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The Campaign ‘Rape and other Violence: Leave my […]

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    CEDAW General Recommendation 35 draws an explicit link between gender, discrimination and conflict-related violence against women

CEDAW General Recommendation 35 draws an explicit link between gender, discrimination and conflict-related violence against women

Dr Aisling Swaine highlights the importance of the UN CEDAW Committee’s new General Recommendation with respect to conflict-related violence against women.
As I note in my forthcoming book, in the wars of today, the catalogue of gendered violence is still being compiled. Despite knowing more than we ever have about women’s experiences of conflict, there remain gaps in recognition of […]

September 12th, 2017|Featured, Legal analysis|Comments Off on CEDAW General Recommendation 35 draws an explicit link between gender, discrimination and conflict-related violence against women|
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    CEDAW General Recommendation 35 on violence against women is a significant step forward

CEDAW General Recommendation 35 on violence against women is a significant step forward

Highlighting the clarity on state obligations, acknowledgment of structural causes and intersectionality, Professor Christine Chinkin introduces General Recommendation 35 on gender-based violence against women and girls.

In 1992 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) adopted its ground-breaking General Recommendation No 19 (GR 19) on violence against women, recognising gender-based violence as discrimination within Article […]

September 6th, 2017|Featured|2 Comments|
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    War is not the only violence shaping women’s experiences in Iraq

War is not the only violence shaping women’s experiences in Iraq

A humanitarian worker in Iraq’s displaced person camps, Dr Orly Stern, describes the overlapping layers of violence that women experience in war.

I meet Nofa at a displaced person camp in northern Iraq. The pale 17-year-old wears a long velvet dress that must have once looked smart, before months in the harsh environs had tattered the material and beading. She […]

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    What is considered the ‘same matter’, matters for women seeking justice

What is considered the ‘same matter’, matters for women seeking justice

In the final post of her series, Visiting Fellow and women’s human rights lawyer Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana highlights the need for a gender perspective to be applied to admissibility decisions.  

 

Admissibility and jurisdiction remain two significant hurdles for applicants seeking to obtain justice in regional and international courts. Often, applications are rejected without any reasons being provided. […]

June 2nd, 2017|Featured, Legal analysis|Comments Off on What is considered the ‘same matter’, matters for women seeking justice|