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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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    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|
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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, Legal analysis|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, Legal analysis|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, Legal analysis|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, Legal analysis|Comments Off on Female Genital Mutilation should be prosecuted as a crime against humanity|