This was a report completed almost 5 years ago, but it beats a lot that has been written since then. This is a good set of UN recommendations even though the focus was on the girl child. Issues of law enforcement, gender stereotypes, health, armed groups, trafficking, migration and participation are covered. Just switch the face of a child with that of an adult woman and you will see the life cycle unfold.
Best paper you will actually remember:
Don’t be deceived by the stiff and stuffy sounding title. The paper gives personal stories and mixes them with case analysis. Hassan argues for the importance of a well-functioning legal systems that addresses customary as well as state law.
Worth a Glance:
This paper has excellent insights by a CEDAW expert who was personally engaged in shaping Europe’s legal instruments to prevent violence against women.
This is one of the few large-scale studies that includes data from middle and low-income countries. Unfortunately, due to lack of funds, it could not be extended to include men and boys—a major gap in data. Let’s hope governments step up and give the World Health Organization what it needs to finish the job.
This is a simple, insightful paper sprinkled with survey data about men and boys related to behaviour of perpetrators. Some of the findings may surprise you.
Sometimes the short and simple is more forceful than long documents. This statement was critical because it appeared during the negotiations of the UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in 2012. Who can deny that the proliferation of small arms and ammunitions affects women disproportionately? The CEDAW statement notes that arms control can help curb atrocities committed against women in both non-conflict and conflict situations.