Violence against women: a report
Created in 1986, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is an international coalition of over 260 NGOs in 85 countries, the SOS-Torture network, fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances, and all other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. In answer to the increasing number of cases on gender-specific forms of violence coming from the members of the SOS-Torture Network and other sources, OMCT decided in 1996 to establish the Violence against Women Programme, which addresses and analyses the gender-related causes and consequences of torture and other forms of violence against women. In every region of the world, women and girls suffer from violence as a result of their gender. Although the distinct social, cultural and political contexts give rise to different forms of violence, its prevalence and patterns are remarkably consistent, spanning national and socio-economic borders as well as cultural identities. Gender has a considerable effect on the form of the violence, the circumstances in which the violence occurs, the consequences of the violence, and the availability and accessibility of remedies. For the past years, the Violence against Women Programme has been working according to a three-fold strategy. This strategy has involved the issuance of urgent appeals concerning gender-based violence, the submission of alternative country reports on violence against women to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and mainstreaming a gender perspective into the work of the UN treaty monitoring bodies through the submission of alternative country reports specifically on violence against women.
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