Gender Violence

Gender violence is a common occurrence during and after conflict. In nonconflict countries, too, gender violence is often widespread. The scope of gender violence is very broad, encompassing (but not limited to) physical, sexual, and psychological violence (e.g., rape, sexual abuse, intimidation, and trafficking in women) occurring in a family, within the general community, or by state officials (United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Article 4). Under international human rights law, states are required to “respect” and “protect” the rights of women, to take legal measures to protect all persons from gender violence, and to prevent and protect citizens from gender violence.

Below are links to resources that set out the international standards on gender violence and other tools, articles, and reports that look at ways to address the problem of gender violence. Other resources related to gender violence are contained in the Gender subtopic.