Ending Violence Against Women

From Words to Action - Study of the Secretary-General

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Violence against women is a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights. It causes untold misery, cutting short lives and leaving countless women living in pain and fear in every country in the world. This study calls for efforts to eradicate violence against women to become a higher priority at the local, national and international level. The study identifies ways to close the gap between States’ obligations under international norms, standards and policies and their inadequate and inconsistent implementation at the national level.



The responsibility of the state to address violence against women

The present section builds on section 11, which summarizes the emergence of violence against women as a human rights concern and the common understanding of the State’s responsibility to prevent and respond to such violence. It elaborates on the content of this responsibility and implementation at the national level.


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