Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

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Model framework for legislation on violence against women

Over the past two decades, violence against women has come to be understood as a violation of women’s human rights and a form of gender-based discrimination. Legislation on violence against women should be in conformity with the United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (resolution 48/104 of 1993), read together with article 1 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and general recommendations No. 12 (1989) and 19 (1992) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

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