In August 2009 IANSA members from Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Portugal submitted communications to the UN Commission on the Status of Women to highlight how armed domestic violence fundamentally affects women's human rights.

Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world.

The Commission on the Status of Women considers such communications as part of its annual programme of work in order to identify emerging trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality.

Violence against women, including domestic violence, is one of the most serious forms of gender-based violations of human rights. It deprives women of their ability to enjoy fundamental freedoms and represents a serious obstacle to equality between women and men. Despite positive developments in law, policies and practices, it still occurs in [country] at all levels of society.

This was an important opportunity to get the Disarm DV campaign on the agenda and to raise awareness of the need for greater protection (through laws) and implementation and training.

More information about the process is online at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/communications_procedure.html#where

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CSW - violencia armada domestica en Argentina.pdf (106799 bytes)
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CSW_Communication-Colombia.doc (90112 bytes)
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CSW Communication Namibia.pdf (91806 bytes)
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CSW Communications-DV-Portugal.pdf (82685 bytes)