Using international policy instruments to address gender-based violence and abuse in South Africa

CEDAWGender based violence, often expressed as sexual abuse of both women and children, is rampant in South Africa, but is seems as though the political will to seriously address the problem is lacking. In the absence of any impact after local advocacy efforts, it has been imperative to look at the international community as a means to secure greater protection and safety for the women in South Africa.  In this learning brief the Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre share their experience on using a relatively unknown advocacy tool, the Optional Protocol Inquiry Procedure of the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  Read it here.

Additional reading:

  • You can download the CEDAW inquiry request here.
  • You can download CEDAW’s concluding comments on SA’s last country report here.
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