In March 2013 The Commission On The Status of Women comprising of UN Women in cooperation with ESCAP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO produced the ‘Report of the Expert Group Meeting on Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls’.
They identified a number of challenges and recommendations for a global response to “a critical moment where international bodies, nation states and civil society can and must come together to solidify commitments to ending violence against women and girls”, and in doing so, ultimately, have “positive social and economic outcomes”.
Extract CSW57 – “Experts noted that violence against women and girls is defined as ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women [or girls], including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.’(1) It exists in multiple, interrelated and sometimes recurring forms, and is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women (2)”.
Extract CSW57- “Confronting existing social and gendered realities that continue to use arguments based on culture, customs and ‘traditional’ values and practices to justify discrimination and violence against women and girls, and treat them as subordinate and second- class citizens, remains a major challenge in addressing the social and cultural environments that permit violence against women and girls to flourish with impunity. As the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences has noted: ‘no form of interpersonal violence against women is devoid of structural violence'”.
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