Online resource tackles violence against women

Grant from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust will help improve access to knowledge in the fight against gender-based violence.

These insights will increase the capacity of women's rights activists, lawyers and scholars to utilise international law more actively and strategically to press for domestic legal change

Lisa Gormley, Policy Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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Tackling Violence against Women’ is a free and open online resource by LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security (LSE WPS). Launched in September 2016, the website brings together regional and international human rights mechanisms and systems which tackle gender-based violence.

Further development of the website was facilitated by a £93,000 grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust last year. This has allowed LSE WPS to update, develop and manage content and outreach. 

The project's goal is to provide information on what human rights law requires regarding certain issues. For example: How should laws on rape and sexual violence be defined? What sort of protection orders should be available for at-risk women? How they should be enforced?

This information will help survivors, their lawyers and advocates to find opportunities for changing law and practice in each national system. It will also increase awareness of the most progressive and gender-inclusive standards emerging around the world. These standards can then be used as models for individual case advocacy in domestic, regional or global forums and as a template for legal and practical reforms. 

The ‘Tackling Violence against Women’ site also features a timeline of pivotal moments in the fight to end violence against women, as well as an interview series - ‘In Visibility’. This series features feminists around the world whose work has brought women’s lived experiences into the public sphere.

“We are grateful for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s generous grant, which will help us to provide detailed insights into the content of international human rights law. In turn, we hope these insights will increase the capacity of women's rights activists, lawyers and scholars to utilise international law more actively and strategically to press for domestic legal change, and advocate for enhanced protection,” said Lisa Gormley, Policy Fellow, Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Visit the 'Tackling Violence against Women’ online resource here.

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