Violence against women

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    How new technologies are violating women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

How new technologies are violating women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

Christine Chinkin and Madeleine Rees consider the scope and content of International Law at the intersection of new technologies, violence against women and war. 

Saudi Arabia’s denial of women’s rights is blatant, despite its hypocritical accession to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2000. Its apparent impunity from widespread condemnation for its apartheid-like […]

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    Inter-American Court reaches landmark decision on torture and sexual slavery

Inter-American Court reaches landmark decision on torture and sexual slavery

Christine Chinkin, Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana and Keina Yoshida with the first in a series of posts analysing Lopez Soto and Others v Venezuela, a ground-breaking case concerning gender based violence in Venezuela.

Introduction

In a series of posts we provide a summary and analysis of the ground-breaking case of Lopez Soto and Others v Venezuela. This first post […]

December 6th, 2018|Featured, Feminist International Law of Peace & Security, Legal analysis|Comments Off on Inter-American Court reaches landmark decision on torture and sexual slavery|

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 […]

October 23rd, 2018|Continuum of Violence, Featured, From the field|Comments Off on The continuum of gender based violence in Ukraine|
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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 […]

October 17th, 2018|Continuum of Violence, Featured|Comments Off on Should policy-makers align attempts to transform violent masculinities?|
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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. 

 
“I want to be the last girl in the world with a story […]

October 12th, 2018|Continuum of Violence, Featured, Sexual Violence in Conflict|Comments Off on To address the plight of Yazidi women we must look beyond the notion of wartime ‘sex slaves’|

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|