“Tackling Violence against Women” is an online resource aimed at explaining the global and regional human rights frameworks that exist to end gender-based discrimination and tackle violence against women and girls. It is designed for anyone interested in the global campaign against violence against women, with information likely to be of particular value to civil society organisations and advocates.
This site is rooted in the understanding that violence against women is: 1. a form of gender-based discrimination; and 2. a violation of women’s human rights. As such, it sets out the existing international human rights structures and instruments designed to tackle violence against women, as well as those which have the potential to be used to be used in this way. This includes explaining the treaties and judicial bodies which can be accessed by lawyers, and highlighting where campaigning and advocacy organisations can engage with human rights bodies in order to better protect and promote women’s human rights.
The site is also aimed at making these systems and instruments more accessible to non-expert audiences. Throughout the site we use diagrams and icons (see key at the bottom of this page) to better explain what can be complex terms and structures. You will also find links to external resources, from the full text of treaties and legal judgments, to resource sites, articles, books and films.
Other highlights from the site include:
- Landmark cases: our landmark cases set out some of the most shocking abuses that individual women have suffered. We have included this detail to give voice to these women, to highlight their experience, and show what changes and improvements followed.
- A Timeline: our timeline maps the development of the international framework, but also includes achievements, challenges, key events and quotes from around the world.
About this project
As part of the project, which was supported by HEIF5 Knowledge Exchange, and currently the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Centre for Women, Peace and Security is also working with two key UN entities concerned with violence against women. The Centre has supported and facilitated the working group of the UN CEDAW Committee which is updating the General Recommendation No. 19 on Violence against Women. It has also embarked on a two-year partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, with the current post-holder, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic, joining the Centre for Women, Peace and Security as Visiting Professor in Practice.
The project and site will grow over time, with new regional sections, interviews, cases. Some sections are under review and will be posted in the coming weeks. Join the Centre for Women, Peace and Security on Twitter, Facebook or mailing list to be updated when new pages are added.
Lisa Gormley is a Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She is an international lawyer specialising in equality for women and girls, and the obligation of States to eradicate violence against women and girls. Lisa is regularly consulted by, and works cooperatively with, lawyers representing women and girls, UN agencies, States, and national and international civil society organizations: she has also worked closely for several years with the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.
Lisa leads on all content across the Tackling Violence Against Women website, reviewing and summarising key case summaries and landmark cases. Lisa tracks and reports on the latest news from the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, tracks online violence against women and undertook all the mapping of both the international and regional bodies across the sites.
Nicky Armstrong is the Communications Manager at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. She leads on all communication activities raising awareness of the Centre and the Hub’s research.
Nicky works to update all the content across the Tackling Violence Against Women site and communicates the work to those interested in the global campaign to end violence against women, including civil society organisations and advocates.
Specific parts of the site benefitted from the guidance and contributions of colleagues connected to the Centre and in our wider community: Khariroh Ali, Louise Arimatsu, Christine Chinkin, Jane Connors, Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana, Luz Patricia Mejia Guerrero, Nathalie Stadelman and Keina Yoshida.
Particular thanks are due to Jane Gordon at Sisters for Change for early guidance and inspiration.
Valuable research and copywriting work was undertaken by Alex McCarthy.
We are indebted to Joe Meegan for building the site, to Jonathan Ing in the LSE Design Unit for the design work and to Richard Meheux in LSE web services.