VAWG Inquiry (Joint Committee on Human Rights)

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March 2014
March 2014

The Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Dr Hywel Francis MP, launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The Committee is undertook the inquiry against the background of the rights of women and girls covered by the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention), yet to be ratified by the Government, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
In this context, the Committee was particularly keen to consider the extent to which issues relating to culture, custom, religion or tradition may be used as a justification for any acts of violence against women and girls and other serious human rights violations.

MWNUK responded to this inquiry with a written submission which can be downloaded above.

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