Northern Ireland, Europe
Ronagh McQuigg

Ronagh McQuigg

“Violence against women constitutes one of the most widespread human rights violations in all states around the globe. However the primary instrument on the rights of women, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) contains no specific mention of violence against women. Although various UN bodies such as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) have now made a wide range of statements on gender-based violence, it is arguable that such statements are ‘soft law’ only and not legally binding. Regional systems such as the Council of Europe have recognised the need for legally binding instruments in this area, and it is now time for such an instrument to be developed and implemented at the global level.”

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