CEJIL launches a new publication to celebrate International Women´s Day

The book is a compilation of judgments from international human rights bodies

Washington DC, March 7, 2011.- To celebrate International Women´s Day, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the leading human rights NGO specializing in the defense and promotion of human rights in the Americas, is launching a new title in its Summaries of Jurisprudence collection, this time addressing violence against women.
This compilation of international standards presents a broad outlook on the reality facing women in a wide range of contexts around the world. The publication sheds light on the undeniable persistence of gender-based violence across the globe, despite the development of domestic and international law in this area.
Supported by its vast litigation experience before the Inter-American System, CEJIL has selected some of the most paradigmatic cases, which have motivated a response from international human rights protection bodies, including the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
Summaries of Jurisprudence: Gender-based Violence classifies judgments on cases ranging from domestic violence in Brazil, abortion rights in Poland and sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda, to the emblematic “Cotton Field” case regarding the assassination of young women on the border state of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL said today: “We are delighted to celebrate International Women´s Day by launching such a seminal publication. We hope that it will be a useful tool that contributes to the defense of human rights and to the eradication of violence against women, one of the most tolerated and silenced human rights violations.”
The book is available online free of charge in English and Spanish: http://cejil.org/en/publicaciones/tools-protection-human-rights-summaries-jurisprudence-gender-based-violence
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