Published: 1 Dec 2017 | By Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana
The CEDAW Committee’s General Recommendation 35
A renewed vision for a world free of gender-based violence against women
The adoption of the new landmark General Recommendation (GR) on gender-based violence against women by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 25 years after the adoption of GR19 on violence against women in 1992, was long awaited. The objective of GR35 is to complement and update the guidance to State parties on their due diligence and other obligations to prevent and protect women from all forms of gender-based violence, as enshrined by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It fleshes out familiar standards but also goes further to include new spaces of discrimination and challenges such as cyberspace and violent extremism.