States should condemn violence against women and should not invoke any custom, tradition or religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination. States should pursue by all appropriate means and without delay a policy of eliminating violence against women and, to this end, should:
( g ) Work to ensure, to the maximum extent feasible in the light of their available resources and, where needed, within the framework of international cooperation, that women subjected to violence and, where appropriate, their children have specialized assistance, such as rehabilitation, assistance in child care and maintenance, treatment, counselling, and health and social services, facilities and programmes, as well as support structures, and should take all other appropriate measures to promote their safety and physical and psychological rehabilitation;
( h ) Include in government budgets adequate resources for their activities related to the elimination of violence against women;
The Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (1993) or the Declaration, in Articles 4(g) and 4(h), speaks to the right of women to be free from the discrimination imposed by religion and by culture.
When these become tools for the imposition on women, the Declaration indicates the proper right of women to be free from its discrimination and, therefore, to have a basis for advocacy, activism, and effectuating change within the larger culture or religion.
All progressive change came from the bottom up, especially for the women of the world. Then the policies to enforce the change are to be made without delays because Violence Against Women or VAW is a serious issue around the world.
Article 4(g) speaks to the need for various forms of identifiable and accepted care for women around the world. This spans much of the gamut for women’s proper healthcare. The provisions in post-violence and trauma, to childcare and reproductive healthcare provisions too.
Not only this, there is a proper stipulation – in this long subsection – on the need for support structures as well; then this care also extends into the provisions for the children too. Overall, Article 4(g) gives a robust basis for helping women in a number of domains of life in the case of violence against them.
Article 4(h) covers some of the similar material with the budgets through the government for the resources devoted to the purpose and cause of the reduction of violence against women. These provisions in statements from the international documents help with the national governments and the organizations on the ground to be able to point to a document and the enforce the rights of women.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Preamble, Article 16, and Article 25(2).
- Convention Against Discrimination in Education (1960) in Article 1.
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) in Article 3, Article 7, and Article 13.
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966).
- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979).
- Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984).
- The Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (1993).
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- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).
- Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (2000).
- The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa or the “Maputo Protocol” (2003).
- Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence or the Istanbul Convention (2011) Article 38 and Article 39.
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