CEDAW Thematic Shadow Report: Violence Against Women in the UK
The Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a United Nations Treaty Body, whose task is to oversea the implementation of the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This Committee considers reports made by governments, and when these are submitted NGOs are entitled to submit their own ‘shadow’ reports.
This report focuses on violence against women only, and was submitted in 2004 alongside the shadow report of the Women’s National Commission, which addressed the full range of CEDAW text. As various UN documents and policies have made clear, violence against wome is an issue of gender discrimination, representing a barrier to the achievement of gender equality.
Overrall, while the authors of the report welcomed the increased government attention to the issue of violence against women, they argue that limited financial investment and lack of strategic infrastructure and oversight means the UK is still not in compliance with the responsibilities of States, outlined in the Beijing Platform for Action.
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