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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India:  Inhuman and Degrading Treatment of Mentally Ill Women Patients in a Public Hospital

March 20, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture: Strengthening the Protection of Women from Torture

March 13, 2008  |  Events

Congo, Democratic Republic:  Joint statement to the Human Rights Council: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women on her country visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

March 12, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Congo, Democratic Republic

International Women's Day

March 8, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions

Bangladesh:  ODHIKAR Report: Ending Impunity to Acid Violence and Rape in Bangladesh

February 11, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Bangladesh

Bangladesh:  Acid attack on 17-year-old Salma Khatun and her mother

February 8, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Burundi:  Violence against Women in Burundi: The UN confirms concerns of OMCT and ACAT

February 7, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Burundi:  Violence against Women in Burundi: Shadow report by ACAT Burundi and OMCT (CEDAW, 40th session)

January 31, 2008  |  Reports and Publications  |  Burundi

Kyrgyzstan:  Torture of a woman in police custody, including rape threat

January 24, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

India:  Risk of impunity of a rape case

January 15, 2008  |  Urgent Interventions  |  India

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women - 40th session - 14 January to 1 February 2008, Geneva

January 8, 2008  |  Events

Brazil:  Sexual torture of a 15-year-ord girl: Brazil must show commitment to fight torture now

December 11, 2007  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Brazil

Uzbekistan:  United Nations body echoes the OMCT/RRG allegations of widespread torture and ill-treatment in Uzbekistan.

November 28, 2007  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Uzbekistan

Benin:  Conditions carcérales : les Nations Unies rappellent le Bénin à l’ordre

November 28, 2007  |   Rights of the Child, Violence against women  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Benin

25th of November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Making this goal a reality

November 25, 2007  |  Urgent Interventions