Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation. As a human rights issue enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and other international and regional human rights instruments, it should be recognized that this phenomenon violates the principle of equality between men and women and persists because of this inequality. As such, approaching violence against women from a rights perspective requires that gender inequality is addressed as a root cause, and that women’s rights and freedoms vis-à-vis CEDAW are upheld. States are obligated to promote and protect these human rights and all interventions should be designed and implemented with this understanding.
A human rights-based approach requires developing the capacities of ‘duty-bearers’, or those responsible for implementing the law (e.g. justice, security/police, health and education personnel, among others) on human rights and gender and on what these mean and how they can be applied in the context of violence against women. In practical terms, examples include:
A human rights-based approach also requires developing the capacities of ‘rights holders’ (i.e. women and girls), so that they can avail themselves of the rights to which they are entitled. In practical terms, examples include:
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