HISTORIC VISIT: UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACCEPTS CSCHR INVITATION
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, will be conducting an official visit to India from 22 April to 1 May, inclusive. The mandate-holder wishes to meet with civil society organizations, women human rights defenders, victims and other advocates working on violence against women during the course of the visit.
CSCHR sent her an invitation on 13th March to visit Manipur. On 16th April, her office at Geneva sent us an email informing us that during her mission, the Special Rapporteur has scheduled a meeting at Imphal, Manipur on Sunday, 28th April at 1300 hrs.
The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences. The Special Rapporteur will study the different manifestations of violence against women: 1) in the family (both domestic violence and culturally justified practices that are violent to or subordinate women); 2) in the community (including rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment); 3) violence perpetrated or condoned by the State (institutional violence), and 4) violence in the transnational sphere (violence against immigrant women, asylum seekers and refugees).
Furthermore, in preparation for the mission, and in order to have a clearer picture of the issues, the Special Rapporteur invites the following information from any organisation or individual working on the issues of her mandate:
- recent analyses or surveys on the situation and forms of violence against women in India
- analyses on the criminal or civil provisions that may be applied to cases of violence against women, and whether these are appropriate or sufficient
- priority issues/concerns to raise, suggestions for recommendations related to VAW in the public and private spheres
- any recent and concrete cases of violence against women
You may send the information directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.