The Unified law to combat Violence against Women
The “Task Force of the Unified Law to Combat Violence against Women” held its conference today, Sunday, December 3, as part of the 16 Days Global Campaign to End Violence against Women, and this comes in the context of the continuing spread of violence against women in Egypt, despite the adoption of several Policies and Procedures to Combat Violence against Women Over the past years, a number of women’s organizations and civil society organizations concerned with the issue of violence against women gathered and formed the “working force for a unified law to combat violence against women.
The Task Force consisted of 9 organizations working in the field of women’s rights: the New Woman Foundation, Nazra for Feminist Studies, the Foundation for Egyptian Women’s Issues, the Cairo Center for Development and Law, the Women and Memory Forum, the Nadeem Center for Psychological Treatment and Rehabilitation for Victims of Violence, the Center for Appropriate Communications for Development, The Egyptian Women Lawyers initiative and Tadwein for Gender Studies, aims primarily to demand the adoption of a unified law to stop violence against women.
As the current Egyptian procedures and legislation seem insufficient to protect women from violence. Instead of scattered articles in the Penal Code that define violence only, we believe that the adoption of a unified law criminalizing all forms of violence against women, linking violence in the public and private spheres, and providing for measures to protect survivors, is the first step on the right path.
Today, the nine organizations released their founding statement to launch the proposed bill and emphasized that as long as violence against women continues, we cannot claim that we are making real progress towards equality, development and peace. And states have a duty to protect women from violence, hold those responsible to account, and provide justice and redress to victims. Ending violence against women remains one of the most serious challenges of our time.” Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations 2006