The SR-VAW drafts and submits annual thematic reports to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council, as well as an oral report to the Commission on the Status of Women. Since the SR-VAW’s creation, these annual reports have been used as authoritative sources of information on understanding gender-based violence, where it occurs, its causes and consequences, and interpreting state obligation to eliminate it. They are also important for shaping policy and informing the advancement of women’s human rights standards in international law.

Previous annual thematic reports published by the SR-VAW have included:

  • Due diligence (2013): state responsibility for eliminating violence against women, in particular due diligence in preventing and responding to acts of gender-based violence perpetrated by both state and non-state actors, through emphasising the links between gender discrimination and violence against women
  • Violence against women and incarcerated women (2013): addressing gender discrimination and gender-based violence as reasons why women and girls are imprisoned or detained, and the various forms of violence perpetrated against incarcerated women and girls, including intersectional discrimination and violence
  • Gender-related killings (2012): addressing gender-related killings of women as the extreme manifestation of existing forms of violence against women
  • Violence against women with disabilities (2012): addressing the impact of the combined effects both gender and disability have on women, and the issue of violence against women with disabilities
  • Intersectionality (2011): examining the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination that further complicate the global epidemic of violence against women
  • Reparations for survivors of gender-based violence (2010): focusing on reparations to women who have survived violence, in the contexts of peace and post-conflict
  • Culture and violence against women (2007): examining the intersections of culture and violence against women and addressing dominant culture-based paradigms that reduce gender-based violence to a cultural problem
  • HIV/AIDS and violence against women (2005): studying the intersection of violence against women and HIV/AIDS, in particular the gender-based discrimination and other sites of oppression that subjugate women to violence and increases susceptibility to HIV/AIDS
  • Violence against women perpetrated and/or condoned by the state during times of armed conflict (2001): focusing on violence against women and girls occurring during conflicts from 1997 to 2000, including sexual violence and rape

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