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Due diligence and the fight against gender-based violence in the inter-american system

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This chapter looks at what due diligence means in the context of efforts within the inter-American human rights system to prevent and respond to gender- based violence. It discusses at what this concept has meant in the regional human rights system as a basis to examine what it can contribute to advancing the right of women to be free from violence. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its Special Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women have placed special emphasis on the issues of gender-based discrimination and violence. The chapter provides a brief examination of how the concept of due diligence has informed that work. While the concept is important to the Commissions work in general, this chapter focuses primarily on how the system has used the concept to delineate state responsibility for acts of private individuals.

Keywords: due diligence; gender- based violence; inter-American human rights system; Rights of Women



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