Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, on her mission to India

Rashida Manjoo (UN Special Rapporteur)
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The present Report has been issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences as a result of her official visit to India from 22 April to 1 May 2013. Violence against women in India is systematic and occurs in the public and private spheres. It is underpinned by the persistence of patriarchal social norms and inter- and intragender hierarchies. Women are discriminated against and subordinated not only on the basis of sex, but on other grounds, such as caste, class, ability, sexual orientation, tradition and other realities. That exposes many to a continuum of violence throughout the life cycle, commonly referred to as existing “from the womb to the tomb”. The manifestations of violence against women are a reflection of the structural and institutional inequality that is a reality for most women in India. This Report examines the implications of inequality, discrimination and violence on women’s enjoyment of their human rights and addresses recommendations to the Government.

For a summary of the Report’s recommendations in the context of sex worker rights in India please see our resource “UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women calls on India to take measures to protect Human Rights of Sex Workers” written by NSWP members VAMP and SANGRAM.

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