GENDER-MOTIVATED KILLINGS OF WOMEN AS A RESULT OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE.

INTRODUCTION

1. This paper is prepared for the United Nations (UN) Expert Group Meeting on gendermotivated killings, taking place on 12 October 2011, in New York, U.S.A. The Meeting is organized by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (VAW), its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, and is intended to

(i) build upon national, regional and international expertise on the manifestations, root causes and consequences of femicide;
(ii) discuss policy, legal and institutional challenges at both national and regional levels with a view to address manifestations of femicide;
(iii) identify good practices and lessons learnt in different regions.

2. This paper includes:
(i) information about the use of the concept of femicide/feminicide in the European Union (EU) and its Member States;
(ii) information on data collection about gender-motivated killing of women and rates of femicide/feminicide in EU countries;
(iii) information on manifestation of gender-based killing in Europe;
(iv) an overview of national legislative frameworks;
(v) exposition of States’ responses to gender-based killings of women in terms of their due diligence obligation to prevent, protect, investigate and punish and provide reparations to women victims of such violence;
(vi) case law on gender-based killings of the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW);
(vii) conclusion and challenges.

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