International: Addressing harmful practices against women

UNDAW/DESA and UNECA convened an expert group meeting on good practices in legislation to address harmful practices, to be held at the United Nations at Addis Ababa, from 25 to 28 May 2009.
The expert group meeting was a follow up to an expert group meeting organized by UNDAW/DESA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, from 26 to 28 May 2008, on good practices in legislation on violence against women. That meeting prepared a model framework for legislation on violence against women, including detailed recommendations, commentaries and examples of promising practices. The framework contains two types of recommendations: those that are applicable to all forms of violence against women; and those that are specific to domestic violence or sexual violence. The purpose of this expert group meeting was to further develop the framework by elaborating specific recommendations for legislation on harmful practices against women.
Background papers

Background paper for the Expert Group Meeting on good practices in legislation to address harmful practices against women prepared by the Division for the Advancement of Women:

Expert papers

Legislation to address the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) prepared by Berhane Ras-Work:

Tackling honour in the aftermath with a good practice prepared by Leylâ Pervizat:

Honour killings and the quest for justice in black and minority ethnic communities in the UK / Moving toward a “multiculturalism without culture”: constructing a victim-friendly human rights approach to forced marriage in the UK prepared by Aisha Gill:

Legal analysis of the legislation regulating relations in protection of women from violence in Kyrgyzstan prepared by Ruslan Khakimov:

The CEDAW convention and harmful practices against women: The work of the CEDAW Committee prepared by Dorcas Coker-Appiah:

Harmful practices against women in India: An examination of selected legislative responses prepared by Asmita Basu:

Harmful traditional practices against women and legislation prepared by Morissanda Kouyaté:

Forced and early marriage in Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union Countries prepared by Cheryl Thomas:

Overview of legislation in the European Union to address female genital mutilation, challenges and recommendations for the implementation of laws prepared by Els Leye and Alexia Sabbe:

Effectiveness of legislation enacted to address harmful practices against women in Uganda, including maltreatment of widows and female genital mutilation prepared by Dora C. Kanabahita Byamukama:

Considerations of domestic or family violence in selected Arab Nations prepared by Sherifa Zuhur:

Considerations of honor crimes, FGM, kidnapping/rape, and early marriage in selected Arab nations prepared by Sherifa Zuhur:

Harmful traditional practices in Europe: Judicial interventions prepared by Carole Ageng’o:

The efficiency of legislation enacted to face harmful acts against women in Latin America and the Caribbean prepared by Liliana Silva Miguez:

Good practices in legislation to address harmful practices against women in Pakistan prepared by Shahnaz Bokhari:

Harmful practices against women in Pacific Island Countries: Customary and conventional laws prepared by Imrana Jalal:

Legal approaches, reforms, different areas of laws, assessment of the effectiveness of particular legal framework/provisions, lesson learned, good practices & highlighted promising practices in Bangladesh prepared by Salma Ali: