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The due diligence standard: What does it entail for womens rights?

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Violence against women, with diverse and multiple local manifestations, is embedded in the history of patriarchal gender relations which is common to all civilisations and cultures. This chapter explores the potentials of the due diligence standard for expanding the obligation to combat violence against women in view of the specificities of violation of womens rights and the prevailing challenges. In so doing, the aim is to push the boundaries of the due diligence standard to strongly endorse: (a) the obligation of a state to engage in the root causes of violence against women to prevent violence against women while effectively responding to it when it occurs; and (b) the role of non-state actors as duty bearers with respect to violence and other violations of womens human rights. Human rights bodies such as CEDAW Committee have elaborated on the requirements of the due diligence standard in relation to specific country situations.

Keywords: CEDAW Committee; domestic violence; due diligence standard; womens rights



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