The CEDAW Committee and Gender-Based Violence against Women: General Recommendation No 35

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On 14 July 2017, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) adopted its General Recommendation No 35 on gender-based violence against women. The purpose of this General Recommendation was to update the Committee’s General Recommendation No 19 on violence against women, which had been adopted 25 years previously. This article examines General Recommendation No 35 and analyses the extent to which this General Recommendation may contribute to addressing the issue of gender-based violence against women. However, although General Recommendation No 35 is undoubtedly a positive development in the response of international human rights law to this issue, it is argued that further measures are necessary, in the form of a UN treaty on violence against women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-278
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Human Rights Law Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2017


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