last updated November 1, 2003
In analyzing the evidence and creating a report, the researchers should be careful to avoid general allegations. This is particularly important when writing recommendations on how the government should improve its response to violence against women.
In writing recommendations, advocates should think strategically about what they want to achieve through the publicizing of the human rights report. On one hand, very specific recommendations can be useful to guide the government toward implementing new legislation or policies to protect women from violence. At other times, however, if may be useful to write general recommendations, linked to international obligations, that can then be shaped and redefined by local NGOs. This is particularly the case when the group writing the report is from a country other than the one being investigated. While researchers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the history and current conditions of the country where the research is undertaken, local NGOs will still be much more attuned to the particular needs of victims and the best strategy for approaching the government structures. For this reason, it may be advisable to provide these local groups with general recommendations that they can interpret in a manner consistent with their overall advocacy strategy.