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CEDAW Committee General Recommendation on Violence against Women Updated

Kevät Nousiainen 14th September 2017

In July 2017, the CEDAW Committee released a new General Recommendation (No. 35) on Violence Against Women (VAW), 25 years after the first on the topic, General Recommendation No.19. This represents a step forward in the international legal response to the challenge of widespread VAW.    The 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination […]

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Financial Domestic Violence and the 61st Commission on the Status of Women

Angela Powditch 5th May 2017

The 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) concluded 24 March 2017 at the UN’s Head Office in New York. One of the agreed conclusions of this forum on ‘women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’ was to strongly condemn gender-based violence (including domestic violence), recognising that such violence can affect the […]

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Domestic Violence and the Regressive Russian Amendment

Surya Rajkumar 1st May 2017

On the 8th of February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law an amendment that relegated domestic violence, as previously discussed on this blog, to an administrative offence. This post will argue that the new law lacks any persuasive justification and does not comply with Russia’s international human rights obligations. Under the new law, […]

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Emerging concerns for human rights in childbirth: Imposed evidenced-based care as obstetric violence?

Camilla Pickles 5th April 2017

Pregnancy and childbirth can trigger the violation of a number of rights including bodily and psychological integrity, equality, dignity, and privacy. This concern is particularly relevant when women are funnelled into facility-based obstetric care which is over-medicalised; not women-centred; and marred by paternalism, and harmful and discriminatory gender stereotypes. In some facilities, ‘care’ is coercive […]

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