[16days_discussion] Model framework and guidelines for legislation on violence against women

Gemma Connell connell at un.org
Mon Dec 15 11:54:05 EST 2008

Dear colleagues,

The Division for the Advancement of Women has recently issued Guidelines 
and a Model Framework for legislation on violence against women. The model 
framework is intended to serve as a tool for the development, adoption and 
amendment of legislation which prevents violence against women, punishes 
perpetrators, and ensures the rights of survivors of violence against 
women everywhere.

Please find below links to the expert group meeting that developed the 
guidelines and model framework (including background paper, experts' 
papers and the report), the link to the report itself, as well as the full 
text of the press release. 

We hope that this tool will prove useful for colleagues.

Please do not hesitate to be in contact if you have any queries regarding 
the report.

With best regards,


Gemma Connell
Assistant Programme Officer on
Violence Against Women
Women's Rights Section
Division for the Advancement of Women
Phone: +1-917-367-5242
Email: connell at un.org

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Link to the report: 
Website of the expert group meeting: 
Link to the press release: 

NEW YORK, 11 November (DESA) -- A report issued by the United Nations 
Division for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Office on 
Drugs and Crime offers good practices and lessons learned designed to 
assist States in enhancing existing legislation and developing new laws to 
address violence against women.
Based on an expert group meeting held in Vienna, Austria, from 26 to 28 
May 2008, the report -- “Good practices in legislation on violence against 
women” -- provides guidelines and a model framework for legislation on 
violence against women, including detailed recommendations, commentaries 
and examples of good practices.  The 70-page document also summarizes the 
prevailing approaches for addressing violence against women in different 
legal systems.
“The purpose of this report is to assist States and other stakeholders in 
enhancing existing, and developing new, legislation on violence against 
women,” said Carolyn Hannan, Director of the United Nations Division for 
the Advancement of Women.  “While States have made significant progress in 
the enactment of such legislation, numerous gaps and challenges remain.”
Under current international law, States are obliged to address violence 
against women, including through the enactment of legislation.  The first 
laws directly addressing domestic violence were passed in the United 
States and the United Kingdom in the 1970s and early 1980s.  Since the 
1990s, numerous States have adopted or revised legislation on violence 
against women.  These legal reforms, however, have varied significantly in 
terms of the forms of violence they address, the type of action they 
mandate and the area of law (constitutional, civil, criminal, family) they 
The United Nations Secretary-General’s 2006 in-depth study on all forms of 
violence against women notes that, as at 2006, only about half of United 
Nations Member States had in place legislative provisions that 
specifically addressed domestic violence, and fewer than half had 
legislation on sexual harassment or on trafficking.  Even where 
legislation existed, it was often limited in scope and coverage.
In response to the Secretary-General’s study, the United Nations General 
Assembly in December 2006 adopted resolution 61/143, calling upon Member 
States and the United Nations system to intensify their efforts to 
eliminate all forms of violence against women. 
In February 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a 
multi-year campaign to increase public awareness, political will and 
resources for preventing and responding to violence against women and 
girls, with the ultimate goal of carrying out national action plans and 
implementing or strengthening national laws.
To order a copy of the report, please contact the Division for the 
Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2 UN 
Plaza, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017; Fax: +1 212 963 3463; e-mail: 
daw at un.org.
To view the report online, please see:  
For media queries, please contact the Department of Public Information, 
Martina Donlon, Tel: +1 212 963 6816, e-mail: mediainfo at un.org.

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