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New LSE partnership with UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

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LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security has announced a formal partnership with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic, to help support delivery of her mandate.

Dr Šimonovic has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE.

The partnership emerges from the Centre’s ongoing work on tackling violence against women, including with CEDAW, the UN monitoring body dedicated to the elimination of discrimination against women. LSE staff and postgraduate students will support Dr Šimonovic in research for her mandate, as well as its dissemination and public engagement.

Dr Šimonovic headed the Human Rights Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and was posted to the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the UN in New York.

She holds a PhD in family law from the University of Zagreb and is the author of several books and articles on women’s rights and violence against women.

Professor Christine Chinkin, the Centre’s Director, said; “We are all at the Centre delighted to have the opportunity to directly inform and support Dr Šimonovic’s important work on violence against women.”

A new website has been launched as part of the project:  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/vaw/

The Tackling Violence against Women site is dedicated to explaining the international and regional human rights systems that can be used to combat violence against women and girls.

In addition to explaining CEDAW, the site highlights opportunities for using other treaties and institutions in tackling gender-based violence. It introduces the other UN treaty bodies and explains how civil society can engage with their work and their potential to affect change. Sections on regional human rights treaties and organisations show how different bodies are simultaneously approaching the global problem.

Summaries of landmark legal cases take real life stories and explain how courts and other bodies refer to and learn from each other in reaching their judgments, and the wider potential of each ruling to tackle gender-based violence.

For more information

Zoe Gillard, Centre Manager, z.gillard@lse.ac.uk +44 (0)20 3486 2959