Violence against women

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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 […]

June 15th, 2017|Featured|1 Comment|
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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|Comments Off on What is considered the ‘same matter’, matters for women seeking justice|
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    How a case against Georgia strengthened international standards for tackling violence against women

How a case against Georgia strengthened international standards for tackling violence against women

In the second post of her series, Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana analyses how the X and Y v Georgia decision has strengthened international standards on gender-based violence. 

In my previous post, I discussed the need to incorporate a gender lens into procedural requirements. Here, I briefly set out the facts and analyse the merits of X and Y v […]

May 30th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on How a case against Georgia strengthened international standards for tackling violence against women|
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    The fallacy of gender-neutral legal procedure is limiting women’s access to justice

The fallacy of gender-neutral legal procedure is limiting women’s access to justice

Visiting Fellow and women’s human rights lawyer Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana makes the case for a gender perspective to be applied to legal procedural rules.

This piece reflects on how laws regulating procedural issues, such as admissibility can hamper women’s access to justice. It will be followed by further posts, which focus on the Committee on the Elimination of […]

May 25th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on The fallacy of gender-neutral legal procedure is limiting women’s access to justice|
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    International law and the continuum of gender-based violence

International law and the continuum of gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) occurs throughout the world across times of war and peace, impacting women, LGBTQI people, children and men. Joanne Neenan and Professor Christine Chinkin discuss how the continuum of violence framework may influence International Law and the effect this can have on GBV interventions.

Gender-based violence (GBV) seeps into homes, onto battlefields and follows displaced persons fleeing persecution […]

April 6th, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|Comments Off on International law and the continuum of gender-based violence|

Female Genital Mutilation should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity

200 million girls and women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In her second post considering FGM and international law, Antonia Mulvey uses five criteria to explore whether FGM can constitute a crime against humanity.

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In my last post, I argued that all forms of FGM can constitute torture under international […]

April 3rd, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Female Genital Mutilation should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity|

Female Genital Mutilation should be recognised as a form of torture

FGM inflicts immediate and long-term pain and suffering on those who undergo it and is internationally recognised as a human rights violation. Antonia Mulvey argues that FGM could constitute a form of torture under international law.

This is the first of a two-part series looking at how FGM is framed in the international legal context.

At least 200 million […]

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    From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations

From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations

Ban Ki-Moon’s apology for the role of the UN in the cholera outbreak in Haiti, reignited the debate on the need for the UN to recognise its legal responsibility for human rights violations.  Louise Arimatsu and Christine Chinkin suggest that the UN’s failure to accept legal responsibility for the human rights violations of its mission in Kosovo threatens the […]

December 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Haiti to Kosovo, it’s time for the UN to accept legal responsibility for its human rights violations|
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    The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco

The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco

The Atenco case (Mariana Selvas Gomez and others v. Mexico) draws attention to the impunity with which state agents have committed violence against women, and is the latest in series of cases involving gender-based violence in Mexico. Lucía Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida explain how the case presents the Inter-American Court with an opportunity to strengthen its jurisprudence.

On the […]

November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Inter-American Court must provide justice to the women of Atenco|
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    States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians

States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians

Lisa Gormley calls on governments to act on the recommendations in the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s report on ‘Sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians’ and take all measures to address the abuse experienced by women in public life.

 

“There’s a reason why extremists use violence: they cannot win a battle of ideas”

Malala Yousafzai said this at the memorial event for […]

November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on States worldwide must address the sexism, harassment and violence being experienced by women parliamentarians|