Is it Time for a Un Treaty on Violence Against Women?
(2018) 22 International Journal of Human Rights 305-324
27 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2018
Date Written: January 23, 2017
Violence against women is one of the most prevalent human rights abuses at the global level. However, no specific mention of this issue is made in any of the UN treaties. This article begins by discussing why any express reference to violence against women was excluded from the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and then proceeds to examine existing efforts at the UN level in this area. However the key focus of this article is on the new and important question of whether it is now time for a specific treaty on violence against women to be adopted at the UN level. The article analyses the arguments surrounding the adoption of a global treaty on violence against women, and aims to provide a detailed examination of this highly significant area of law, while seeking to offer original insights on this issue. It is ultimately concluded that, despite the undoubted challenges which would be involved, it is nevertheless time for the development and implementation of a UN treaty on violence against women.
Keywords: Violence against women; United Nations; UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; Domestic violence.
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