GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERN
People who experience gender violence may suffer from different human rights violations – for example the right to life, freedom from torture and degrading treatment, freedom from discrimination and the right to safety and security.
It has taken decades of struggle by the women’s rights movement to persuade the international community to view gender-based violence against women as a human rights concern—and not just as a private matter in which the State should not interfere.
Framing gender-based violence against women as a human rights violation implies an important conceptual shift. It means recognizing that women are not exposed to violence by accident, or because of an in-born vulnerability. Instead, violence is the result of structural, deep-rooted discrimination, which the state has an obligation to address. Preventing and addressing gender-based violence against women requires legislative, administrative and institutional measures and reforms, including the eradication of gender stereotypes.
As we celebrate and appreciate our basic human rights, let us continue to create awareness to the pandemic that is GBV and may we recognise that GBV is indeed a human rights concern.