Violence against women

In spite of the growing international awareness of the problem and the declared willingness of States to fight gender-based violence, women and girls continue to suffer disproportionately from violence, both in peacetime and in the context of armed conflict, at the hands of family members, intimate partners, community members and State agents. The violence is often of a sexual nature. Instead of taking responsibility, States frequently ignore or deny violence against women, or justify the abuse with a reference to “culture”. The perpetrators of violence against women often escape punishment and its victims rarely receive reparation. Through partnership, empowerment and gender mainstreaming, and by acting on its root causes, OMCT seeks to contribute to the prevention, reduction and, ultimately, elimination of violence against women. [Read more…]

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Switzerland:  Switzerland criticized once again by the UN: article 50 of the Aliens Act must be modified

November 23, 2010  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Switzerland

Switzerland:  note to the DESC Committee - Discrimination and marital violence against women in precarious status in Switzerland

September 21, 2010  |  Reports and Publications  |  Switzerland

India:   Alleged attempted rape and ill-treatment by members of the BSF

July 22, 2010  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Human Rights Council: 14th Session (June 2010): Compilation of Interventions

June 14, 2010  |   Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Events

Switzerland:  Information note concerning discrimination and domestic violence against women in precarious status in Switzerland

May 18, 2010  |  Statements  |  Switzerland

Switzerland:  The United Nations Committee against torture expresses its disapproval of Switzerland with regard to migrant women

May 18, 2010  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Switzerland

Algeria:  Open letter to M. Tayeb Belaiz, Minister of Justice, about the safety of the women living in Hassi Messaoud

April 23, 2010  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Nepal:  Rape of a 18-year-old woman by a Police Sub-Inspector and beatings of journalists in Janakpur

April 8, 2010  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nepal

Follow-up of case ISR 090709_ISR 090709.VAW_Release of Ms. Majeda Fidda

January 28, 2010  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Arbitrary use of administrative detention against a Palestinian women_Harsh detention conditions at Hasharon Prison

December 8, 2009  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Follow-up of case ISR 090709_ISR 090709.VAW_Release of Ms. Siham Al-Heh but renewal of Ms. Majeda Fidda's administrative detention order_Harsh detention conditions

December 8, 2009  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

India:  Assault on three girls and threats to one girl's family by Border Security Force officers / Impunity of the alleged perpetrators

October 27, 2009  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Colombia:  Colombia: Murder/ Intimidation, attacks and police abuse of trangender women in Cali

September 16, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia

Mexico:  Mexico: Rape, intimidation and abuse of power by police in León, Guanajuato state

August 24, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Bangladesh:  Bangladesh: Gang rape of a girl belonging to a minority

August 19, 2009  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh