Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Issues Third Report
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 1:35 PM

On January 20, 2006, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Erturk issued her third report to the Commission on Human Rights in its sixty-second session.  The report's broad themes include "Integration of the Human Rights of Women and the Gender Perspective: Violence Against Women" and "The Due Diligence Standard as a Tool for the Elimination of Violence Against Women."  Erturk focuses on the changing nature of global economic and political structures and how these changes impacted women's guaranteed human rights.  She also comments on the "due diligence" measure of evaluating state's efforts to recognize and punish violence against women, saying that it is state-centric and does not promote prevention of violence against women.  The report concludes by stating that a more inclusive vision of human rights for women is possible through enforcing the due diligence standard to make states compliant with international law, concentrating on the roots of violence against women, and holding non-State actors accountable as well.     

Compiled from: "Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. its Causes and Consequences," Yakin Erturk. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1 March 2006.