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Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice – Part I

Lucia Mazzuca and Keina Yoshida 9th August 2016

In November 2015, a decade after the sexual assault and murder of a young Guatemalan woman, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) released a ground-breaking judgment further clarifying the scope and content of states’ responsibility in addressing gender-based violence. On 12 August 2005, Claudina Isabel Velásquez Paiz, a 19 years old student, went […]

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Linguistic Cracks In The Femicide Campaigns: Why Femicide Must Be Repatriated

Alec Cunningham 24th June 2016

The recently published 2015 Global Burden of Armed Violence (GBAV) report by the Small Arms Survey has continued in the same vein as the two previous publications in 2008 and 2011. The reports highlight a concerning trend of violence inflicted on women in numerous countries, including El Salvador, South Africa, Russia, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Ukraine, […]

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Telling the Whole Truth: Post-Assault Contact in Sexual Violence Cases

Karen Busby 4th April 2016

For the last 16 months, Canadians have been engaged in extraordinary conversations connected to the sexual assault allegations leveled against one of Canada’s most charming and charismatic talk show hosts, Jian Ghomeshi. In October 2014, Ghomeshi posted a defence of his interest in “rough sex” on Facebook in an attempt to get ahead of a […]

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An important step forward for victims of sexual violence in Colombia

Viviana Waisman 7th March 2016

On paper, it looked like a victory for women’s rights. The government of Colombia enacted historic legislation to address the country’s epidemic of sexual violence – one heightened by decades of armed conflict that left women and girls particularly vulnerable. This legislation, Law 1719, would be a road map for health service providers to follow […]

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