Elimination of violence against women

Violence against women and girls is pervasive and it takes many forms and affects every society.

At the UN (Commission on the Status of Women and the Human Rights Council) and in other fora, Canada supports resolutions calling for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

Canada’s work at the UN has contributed to the development of a strong Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. It has also led to the establishment and renewal, via the annual Canadian-led Human Rights Council resolution on the elimination of violence against women, of the mandate for a UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences.

Canada was also instrumental in ensuring sexual and gender-based crimes were included in the draft Statute for the International Criminal Court.

Canada will use its international assistance to help prevent sexual and gender-based violence, including harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Canada is also committed to helping countries implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Whether the context is rape used as a tool of war, sexual slavery, domestic abuse, or female genital mutilation, in all cases, violence against women violates and impairs or nullifies the human rights of women and girls and is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development, prosperity, peace and security.

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