Drafting the Legislative Preamble

last updated November 2014


In partnership with UN Women, The Advocates for Human Rights created the following sections for UN Women's Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls. This section, along with sections addressing other forms of violence against women and girls, may be found under Legislation at www.endvawnow.org.

Drafting the legislative preamble

The legislative preamble sets the stage for the entire piece of legislation. The following elements are important to a strong and inclusive legislative preamble regarding violence against women and specifically the maltreatment of widows:

  • IT states that parents, regardless of their marital status, share equal rights and responsibilities, in matters relating to their children. (See: CEDAW, Article 16)

  • IT states that everyone is entitled to equality before the laws and in civil matters, and it states that women are entitled to equality with men in inheritance and property matters. (See: CEDAW, Article 16)