March 04, 1994

Appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Another victory for women’s activists came in the form of an appointment by the United Nations Commission on Human rights of a Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, in accordance with a resolution adopted on March 4, 1994 at their first session held after the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. The Rapporteur’s role is to seek and receive information on violence against women and recommend measures for its elimination at the national, regional, and international levels. The position of this Special Rapporteur is renewed every three years, and as of 2018, a total of four women have now served in this position. Their reports constitute an enormously valuable body of work exploring multiple aspects of violence against women – legal, sociological, cultural, economic, and political – and detail what a human rights perspective requires that governments and international institutions do to prevent and redress it.