Throughout this knowledge module, reference to certain provisions or sections of a piece of legislation, part of a legal judgment, or aspect of a practice does not imply that the legislation, judgment, or practice is considered in its entirety to be a good example or a promising practice.

Some of the laws cited herein may contain provisions which authorize the death penalty. In light of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions 62/14963/16865/206, and 67/176 calling for a moratorium on and ultimate abolition of capital punishment, the death penalty should not be included in sentencing provisions for crimes of violence against women and girls.

Other Provisions Related to Domestic Violence LawsResources for Developing Legislation on Domestic Violence
Sexual Harassment in Sport Tools for Drafting Sexual Harassment Laws and Policies
Immigration Provisions Resources for developing legislation on sex trafficking of women and girls
Child Protection Provisions Resources on Forced and Child Marriage
Other provisions related to dowry-related and domestic violence laws
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Working with faith communities

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Policymakers and other stakeholders should engage and dialogue with faith leaders and communities to facilitate effective implementation of laws. Faith leaders and faith communities are powerful forces in the lives of women, girls, and families worldwide.  Faith communities often drive the development of, or changes in, social attitudes and practices.  They have a critical role to play in educating about and helping to implement laws on violence against women. Accordingly, any integrated strategy to end violence against women must include consideration of how communities of faith will impact the effort, both positively and negatively. The power of faith communities to provide messages that are supportive of women’s human rights should be mobilized at every opportunity. Many implementation, awareness-raising, and education programs find that early engagement with influential faith leaders can be a large part of their success. The following resources are designed specifically for faith communities and those working with faith leaders to protect women and girls from violence:

Restoring Dignity: A Toolkit for Religious Communities to End Violence Against Women (Religions for Peace, 2009)

Mobilizing Religious Communities to Respond to Gender-based Violence and HIV: A Training Manual (USAID, 2009)

A Call to Act: Engaging Religious Leaders and Communities in Addressing Gender-based Violence and HIV (USAID, 2009)