Norway is deeply concerned with the high prevalence of violence against women across the world. This is unacceptable and we must work together to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
In the year of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, and the 15th anniversary of the Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, we welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s timely report and recommendations on the crucial issue of violence against women. Norway is pleased by the manner in which the Special Rapporteur discharges her mandate, and commend her for yet another solid report.
We acknowledge the important role in preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls played by regional conventions and instruments. It is a sad fact that violence against women persist in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of the enjoyment of human rights. Thus, women must enjoy protection against all forms of violence in all our countries.
We share the concern for the continuing challenges in the quest to eliminate violence against women, and welcome and support the Special Rapporteurs call for transformative change, in many areas, to end violence against women.
We would like to ask the Special Rapporteur to elaborate on what concrete measures she thinks the international community can undertake to address normative gaps within the existing international legal frameworks. We also would like her to elaborate on how the General Recommendations on violence against women from the CEDAW committee could be used in this regards.