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Gender violence in women: a global social reality (Spanish)

Gender violence in women: a global social reality (Spanish)

Definition: Violence against women must be understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women, and all such acts shall be so designated as violence based on gender that results or will result in harm or suffering of physical, sexual, psychological or economic nature, including threats to commit such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, in public or private life.

International fight against gender violence in women – legal instruments: the “Istanbul Convention” on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence adopted by the Council of Europe, is the first legally binding instrument in Europe in this area and the broader international treaty to tackle this social scourge. The agreement includes all forms of violence against women as a crime. The agreement aims to establish a zero tolerance for this kind of violence and represents an important step towards making Europe and other parts of the world, safer places.

1. World Health Organization (2013). Violence against women. Retrieved on April 15, 2014, from: mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/es/.
2. Páez Cuba, L D. (2011). Genesis and evolution of gender violence. Contributions to Social Sciences February 2011. Retrieved on April 15, 2014, from: