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Violence Against Women

November 25th was designated as an international day by the UN General Assembly in Resolution 54/134 in order to raise public awareness about the problem of violence against women.  Please visit UNIFEM’s website for more information about events and activities that have been planned to commemorate this day.

 

Violence is the defining characteristic of the forced migration experience, particularly for women, who make up the majority of forced migrants around the world.  Some form of violence is usually a root cause for a woman’s flight to begin with, and too often, violence continues to plague women even in the receiving countries or areas to which they have fled to seek safety and protection.  The resources listed under “Overviews” below  provide a useful introduction to the problem of violence against women in the forced migration context.  Additional resources are noted for specific issues of concern such as gender-based persecution and asylum, women and armed conflict, and human trafficking.

Introductions/Overviews

Specific Issues:  Gender-based Persecution, Women Asylum-Seekers, the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women, Trafficking in Women

Key international instruments:

  • 2001 United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols (Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Air and Sea, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime) (in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese)
  • See also The Annotated Guide to the Complete UN Trafficking Protocol (PDF File 316 KB)
  • 1999 Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women -
  • 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
  • 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • 1974 Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict

Documents

Selected full-text documents (for more, search in the Digital Library)

Conference papers:

Gender guidelines:

Operational materials/standards:

Reference materials:

Relevant Organizations

Contact details for relevant organizations (for more, search in the Organizations Directory)

NGOs/Research Institutes

United Nations

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Afghan girl

Although there have been no new arrivals at Shamshatoo refugee camp since the start of military action, there are millions of people inside Afghanistan living on the edge of famine after years of drought and conflict.
© WFP/Mike Huggins

Last updated Sep 06, 2011