The Approach of CEDAW towards Violence against Women: A Feminist Legal Assessment

Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law, Volume VII, 2019

14 Pages Posted: 3 May 2021

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Khadiza Nasrin

Law Commission of Bangladesh; Liverpool John Moores University

Date Written: January 05, 2019

Abstract

The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (hereinafter CEDAW) came into existence to acknowledge and promote women’s human rights and to condemn all forms of discrimination against women in particular. However, the CEDAW provides a ‘gender mainstreaming approach’ based on traditional norm of ‘equality and non-discrimination’ to identify several forms of discrimination against women. This article examines the effectiveness of the approach of CEDAW to equalize violence against women as ‘a form of sex discrimination’ by employing feminist legal approach. This writing argues that being only based on principle of ‘equality and non-discrimination’ paradigm, the approach of CEDAW addresses and recognizes violence against women as ‘a form of sex discrimination’ which has ultimately demanded from women to fit their experiences and frame their grievances of violence with the male’s understanding and experience of violence.

Keywords: CEDAW, non-discrimination, feminist legal approach, equality, experience of violence

Suggested Citation

Nasrin, Khadiza, The Approach of CEDAW towards Violence against Women: A Feminist Legal Assessment (January 05, 2019). Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law, Volume VII, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3833843

Khadiza Nasrin (Contact Author)

Law Commission of Bangladesh ( email )

15, College Road, Dhaka
Dhaka, 1000
Bangladesh

HOME PAGE: http://www.lc.gov.bd

Liverpool John Moores University ( email )

United Kingdom

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