Violence against women

In spite of the growing international awareness of the problem and the declared willingness of States to fight gender-based violence, women and girls continue to suffer disproportionately from violence, both in peacetime and in the context of armed conflict, at the hands of family members, intimate partners, community members and State agents. The violence is often of a sexual nature. Instead of taking responsibility, States frequently ignore or deny violence against women, or justify the abuse with a reference to “culture”. The perpetrators of violence against women often escape punishment and its victims rarely receive reparation. Through partnership, empowerment and gender mainstreaming, and by acting on its root causes, OMCT seeks to contribute to the prevention, reduction and, ultimately, elimination of violence against women. [Read more…]

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Oral Statement during the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights

November 23, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements

Guatemala:  Obstacles to the establishment of Planned Parenthood exacerbate attacks on freedom of association

November 10, 2020  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

New report reveals the inhuman situation of women prisoners in Quetzaltenango prison, which puts their lives at risk in times of the COVID-19

May 4, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications

Open letter regarding the temporary absence granted to Mr. Hissen Habré

April 9, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Chad, Senegal

Dignity in the time of COVID-19

March 19, 2020  |   Assistance to victims, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Defenders, Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Press Releases, Rights of the Child, Urgent campaigns, Violence against women  |  Statements

Congo, Democratic Republic:  CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE ON THE DRC

February 18, 2020  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Events  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

Mexico:  Monica Elizabeth Esparza Castro, Criminal Case 24/2013: Amicus Curiae Submitted by OMCT and other signatories

January 23, 2020  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Human Rights Organizations urge the UN Human Rights Council to hold Saudi Arabia accountable

June 26, 2019  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Reports and Publications

New Briefing Report: Protecting Women from Violence through the UN Convention against Torture (CAT)

June 7, 2019  |  Reports and Publications

Congo, Democratic Republic:  République Démocratique du Congo – La société civile inquiète des violences et l’usage excessif de la force à l’approche des élections.

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December 21, 2018  |   Human Rights Defenders, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

CONCEPT NOTE - Thematic briefing: Protecting women from violence through the UN Convention Against Torture

December 5, 2018  |  Statements

Mexico:  International Observatory Welcomes the Conviction of Two Soldiers for Sexual Torture

June 21, 2018  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms, Violence against women  |  Statements  |  Mexico

Poland:  Polish Parliament Must Protect Women’s Health and Rights

March 22, 2018  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Poland

Venezuela:  Amicus curiae por la OMCT y Women's Link Worldwide ante la Corte interamericana de derechos humanos

March 9, 2018  |  Reports and Publications  |  Venezuela

Venezuela:  Amicus Curiae preparado por la OMCT y Women’s Link Worlwide ante la Corte Interamericana de derechos humanos

March 8, 2018  |  Statements  |  Venezuela