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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Risk of lenient punishment in a case of “honour” killing in the Gaza Strip

August 18, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Congo, Democratic Republic:  DRCongo: African Women's Day: Concern for the situation of women in detention in the DRC

July 31, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Nigeria:  Nigeria: African Women's Day: Addressing Violence and Discrimination against Women and Girls in Nigeria is Urgent

July 31, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nigeria

Arbitrary use of administrative detention of two Palestinian women_Harsh detention conditions, including lack of adequate gender-specific medical care

July 9, 2009  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

OMCT Intervention at the 16th Annual Meeting of Special Rapporteurs

July 1, 2009  |   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Statements

India:  India: Sexual abuse by police and intimidation to compel victim to withdraw complaint in Kolkata, West Bengal

July 1, 2009  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women must be strengthened, say women's rights activists and experts during the 11th session of the UN Human Rights Council

June 15, 2009  |  Urgent Interventions

India:  Torture and ill-treatment, including rape, by security forces in Char Bathanpara, in Murshidabad

June 11, 2009  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Joint oral statement by APWLD, OMCT and World YWCA on the mandate of Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

June 5, 2009  |  Events

Mexico:  Joint oral statement by Centre Prodh, OMCT and APWLD: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

June 3, 2009  |  Events  |  Mexico

Nicaragua:  Informe alternativo presentado al Comité Contra la Tortura – Nicaragua - 42º período de sesiones - Mayo de 2009

May 30, 2009  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications  |  Nicaragua

Nicaragua:  The Committee Against Torture asks Nicaragua to act against impunity in cases of torture and other ill-treatment

May 28, 2009  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Nicaragua

Mexico:  26 Human Rights Organisations Demand Justice for the Women of Atenco

May 11, 2009  |  Events  |  Mexico

Human Rights Council: Joint intervention in the framework of the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

March 13, 2009  |   Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Events

Switzerland:  Discrimination and domestic violence against migrant women in Switzerland

February 27, 2009  |  Reports and Publications  |  Switzerland