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Launch of the Due Diligence Project Reports!

Electronic copies of the reports are available here.

26th session of the Human Rights Council Side Event:

“Ending Violence against Women:

Framework for Accountability”

Tuesday 17 June 2014

1.15-2.45pm, Room XVII

Palais Nations, Geneva


The Due Diligence Project and Oxfam are pleased to invite you to a discussion on ending violence against women  with:

Janine Moussa & Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Co-Directors, Due Diligence Project

Daniela Rosche, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam

Frances Raday, Chairperson, UN Working Group on Discrimination  against Women in Law and in Practice

Introductory remarks by Lois A. Herman, Coordinator WUNRN

The side event contributes to the present discourse on how to render more effective existing programmes, policies and laws to eliminate violence against women. It will explore strategies and solutions for moving forward towards the elimination of violence again women in a concrete, measurable and tangible manner.

Specifically the panel will present the Due Diligence Framework for Accountability in each of the “5P” areas of prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of redress. It will also present a proposal for a Comprehensive International Action Plan to fast track the elimination of violence against women and provide a roadmap for implementation. 

Made possible with the assistance of the Governments of the Netherlands and Canada. Co-sponsored by the Government of France.

58th  session  of  the  Commission  on      the  Status  of  Women Side  Event: Beyond 2015: Due Diligence Framework to End Violence against Women”

March 7, 2013, New York

In line with this year’s CSW priority theme, the Due Diligence Project convened a panel “Beyond 2015: Due Diligence Framework to End Violence against Women” on Thursday 13 March, 1-3pm  at German House (871 1st Ave) to launch its Due Diligence Framework for accountability to end VAW.

Violence against women remains a persistent challenge to achieving full empowerment of women (MDG 3). Beyond target setting, the Due Diligence Framework offers a tool for translating existing norms and standards on ending VAW into measurable, comparable, and implementable components, in order to fully and finally achieve women’s empowerment. The Framework provides guiding principle in each of the “5P” areas of the due diligence principle, namely prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment, and provision of redress. Illustrations and promising practices from around the world will also be shared.

The panel brought together esteemed panelists who discussed the need for and utility of such a Framework in informing and shaping initiatives to end violence against women: Zarizana Abdul Aziz (Co-Director, Due Diligence Project); Charlotte Bunch (Advisor, Due Diligence Project, Founder and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University); Frances Raday (Chair, UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice); Azza Soliman (Co-Founder, Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, Egypt); and Rea Chiongson (Gender and Justice Advisor, World Bank).

The event was jointly sponsored by the Governments of Germany and Malaysia.

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