Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls
Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences
Purpose of the mandate
As violence against women continues to impact the lives of women and girls everywhere, the establishment of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences, as the first independent human rights mechanism on the elimination of violence against women, represented an important benchmark within the global women’s rights movement. Not only did it recognize violence against women as a human rights violation, but it also tasked the Special Rapporteur with ensuring that violence against women was integrated into the United Nations human rights framework and its mechanisms.
About the mandate
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights appointed a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences, on 4 March 1994 (resolution 1994/45). Since March 2006, the Special Rapporteur reports to the Human Rights Council, as per Human Rights Council’s decision 1/102. The mandate was most recently renewed in 2022 by resolution 50/7.
Current mandate holder
Ms. Reem Alsalem (Jordan) is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences, since August 2021. She holds a Masters in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Egypt (2001) and a Masters in Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2003). She is an independent consultant on gender issues, the rights of refugees and migrants, transitional justice and humanitarian response.
Calls for Input
This document provides an overview of the journey toward strengthening cooperation among international and regional mechanisms on women's rights.
This booklet looks at the different contributions to the platform made by the 7 independent expert mechanisms mandated to address discrimination and gender-based violence against women and girls. Together they've creating a unified response to the many challenges that remain for the full enjoyment of women's right to a life free from discrimination and violence.
Latest thematic reports
A/78/256: Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem - Violence against women and girls, nationality laws and statelessness
A/HRC/53/36: Custody, violence against women and violence against children - Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem
Latest country reports
A/HRC/53/36/Add.2: Visit to Libya - Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem
Joint Letter to the Hague Conference on Private International Law
19 September 2023
Violence against women during COVID-19 lockdowns, what can governments do?
June 1, 2020
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SRVAW-UN Women side event: ending violence against women in politics
8 Oct 2018
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