Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a landmark international document that addresses the issue of violence against women and outlines principles for its prevention and elimination. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 and serves as a crucial framework for governments and societies to combat gender-based violence.

Definition of violence against women: The Declaration defines violence against women as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty. It recognises that violence against women is a violation of human rights.

Broad scope: The Declaration addresses various forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking in women, forced marriages, harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and honour killings, and other forms of gender-based violence.

Responsibility of states: The Declaration emphasises the responsibility of states to prevent, investigate, and punish acts of violence against women. It calls on governments to enact and enforce laws that criminalise violence against women, provide protection and support services for survivors, and promote gender equality to address the root causes of violence.

International cooperation: The Declaration encourages international cooperation and collaboration among governments, organisations, and civil society to address violence against women. It highlights the importance of sharing best practices, exchanging information, and providing technical assistance to support efforts in combating violence against women.

Support for survivors: The Declaration emphasises the need to provide comprehensive support services for survivors of violence, including medical assistance, counselling, legal aid, and shelters. It recognises the importance of addressing the physical, psychological, and social needs of survivors and facilitating their recovery and reintegration into society.

Awareness and education: The Declaration underscores the significance of raising awareness about violence against women and promoting educational initiatives that challenge gender stereotypes, promote gender equality, and foster respectful relationships based on mutual consent and non-violence.

Reporting and monitoring: The Declaration encourages states to collect and analyse data on violence against women to inform policies and programs. It calls for monitoring mechanisms to assess progress in eliminating violence against women and to hold states accountable for their commitments.

The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women serves as a critical reference point in the global efforts to address and prevent violence against women. It reaffirms the rights of women to live free from violence, advocates for comprehensive responses to this issue, and provides guidance for governments and societies to develop strategies and policies that contribute to the elimination of violence against women.
Back to blog

UOL Case Bank

Upon joining, you become a valuable UOL student and gain instant access to over 2,100 case summaries. UOL Case Bank is constantly expanding. Speed up your revision with us now.

Subscribe Now

Where are our students from?

Yale University
Council of Europe
Baker Mckenzie 
University of Chicago
Columbia University
New York University
University of Michigan 
University College London (UCL)
London School of Economics (LSE)
King’s College London (KCL)
University of London
University of Manchester
University of Zurich
University of York
Brandeis University
University of Exeter
University of Sheffield
Boston University
University of Washington
University of Leeds
University of Law
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Birkbeck, University of London
SOAS, University of London
University of Kent
University of Hull
Queen’s University Belfast
Toronto Metropolitan University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
University of Buckingham

  • Criminal Practice

    Diagrams and Charts

    Our carefully designed diagrams and charts will guide you through complex legal issues.

  • Criminal Law

    Clear and Succinct Definitions

    Key concepts are concisely defined to help you understand legal topics quickly.

  • Property Law

    Statutory Provisions

    Statutory provisions are provided side by side with legal concepts to help you swiftly locate the relevant legislation.

  • Public Law

    Case Summaries

    We have summarised important cases for you so that you don't need to read long and boring cases.

  • Evidence

    Rules and Exceptions

    Rules and exceptions are clearly listed so that you know when a rule applies and when it doesn't.

  • Company Law


    Legal terms and key concepts are explained at the beginning of each chapter to help you learn efficiently.

  • Case Law

    Case law is provided side by side with legal concepts so that you know how legal principles and precedents were established.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Law Essay Guide

    You will learn essential law exam skills and essay writing techniques that are not taught in class.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Problem Question Guide

    We will show you how to answer problem questions step by step to achieve first-class results.

  • Conflict of Laws

    Structured Explanations

    Complex legal concepts are broken down into concise and digestible bullet point explanations.

  • Legal System and Method

    Legal Research

    You will learn legal research techniques with our study guide and become a proficient legal researcher.

  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory


    All essential concepts, principles, and case law are included so that you can answer exam questions quickly.