Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the issue of violence against women globally. The role of the Special Rapporteur is to investigate and address the various forms of violence experienced by women, identify challenges, and make recommendations to states and other stakeholders for the promotion and protection of women's rights.

Mandate: The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women is derived from resolutions of the United Nations Human Rights Council and other relevant international human rights instruments. The mandate focuses on examining the causes and consequences of violence against women, identifying good practices, and recommending measures to prevent and eliminate violence.

Monitoring and reporting: The Special Rapporteur monitors the situation of violence against women worldwide by gathering information from governments, civil society organisations, and individuals. The Rapporteur may undertake country visits to assess the national efforts in addressing violence against women, meet with stakeholders, and gather first-hand information. The Special Rapporteur prepares reports on the findings and recommendations, which are presented to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

Advocacy and awareness: The Special Rapporteur engages in advocacy and awareness-raising activities to draw attention to the issue of violence against women and to promote a comprehensive and human rights-based approach in addressing it. This includes participating in conferences, seminars, and other relevant events, as well as collaborating with stakeholders to raise awareness and mobilise support for action against violence.

Cooperation with states and stakeholders: The Special Rapporteur collaborates with governments, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders to strengthen the efforts in preventing and responding to violence against women. This may include providing technical assistance, capacity-building, and promoting good practices in legislation, policies, and programs.

Recommendations: The Special Rapporteur provides recommendations to states and other actors on measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women. These recommendations are based on international human rights standards and encompass various areas, such as legal and policy reforms, access to justice, support services for survivors, prevention programs, and gender equality promotion.

Dialogue and cooperation: The Special Rapporteur engages in dialogue and cooperation with states to address challenges and facilitate the implementation of recommendations. This may involve conducting consultations, exchanging information, and engaging in constructive dialogue to promote the protection of women's rights.

The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women plays a crucial role in raising awareness, advocating for change, and providing guidance on strategies to combat violence against women. The Rapporteur's work contributes to the global efforts to prevent and eliminate violence, promote gender equality, and uphold the rights and dignity of women worldwide.
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