On 18 June 2009, the UN Human Rights Council approved five candidates for special procedure mandates, including new Special Rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers and on violence against women.
"We have come a long way in terms of international legal frameworks, but some states still have a long way to go in translating them into judicial systems and peace negotiations that work." - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay
Based on an expert group meeting held in Vienna, Austria, from 26 to 28 May 2008, the report provides guidelines and a model framework for legislation on violence against women, including detailed recommendations, commentaries & examples of good practices
""In spite of considerable achievements, violence against women persists in every country as a pervasive and universal violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality." --Yakin Erturk.