SR on violence against women releases report on adequacy of the international legal framework on violence against women

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women has released a report on the adequacy of the international legal framework on violence against women. The report explores the causes and consequences of sexual violence and undertakes an analysis of the international legal framework on the same, and addresses the debate on the merits of introducing anew legal instrument. While appreciating the premise of the legal framework that violence against women is an extreme form of discrimination and a human rights violation, and commending the adoption of general recommendation No. 35, the SR acknowledges that the current legal framework is complex, fragmented and in some ways convoluted in its application, including with regard to its implementation at the regional and national levels. At the same time, she warns that adoption of a new legal instrument may result in isolation of legal provisions from the structural causes of discrimination against women.

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