All Publications

Working Paper
Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence -Parties with reservations, declarations and objections.; Working Paper. Publisher's VersionAbstract

https://verdragenbank.overheid.nl/en/Treaty/Details/012294_b.html

List of countries that have ratified the Istanbul Convention and any reservations from that country to the Convention. 

Karplus M. UN Handbook vs. Istanbul Convention - Summary. Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights, Kennedy School of Government; Working Paper.Abstract

Summarizes the similarities and differences between the UN Handbook and the Istanbul Convention.

un_handbook_on_legislation_v_ist_07.25.15a.xlsx
Sieder R, Sierra MT. Indigenous Women’s Access to Justice in Latin America. Bergen: CMI - Chr. Michelsen Institute; Working Paper pp. 45. Publisher's VersionAbstract

http://www.cmi.no/publications/publication/?3880=indigenous-womens-acces...

This paper gives an overview of the challenges which indigenous women in Latin America face in accessing both formal state justice and indigenous legal systems, including a focus on normative frameworks, legal awareness, access to appropriate justice forums and the achievement of satisfactory remedies. In addition, it highlights promising examples of how different actors within civil society and governments are taking steps to improve indigenous women’s access to justice in different contexts. Recognizing that each of these are likely to be very context specific, it draws out the key lessons and challenges from these approaches, making recommendations on how this work can best be supported.

Karplus M. UN Handbook on Legislation v. Istanbul - Cover. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

Briefly details differences between the UN Handbook on Legislation and the Istanbul Convention.

un_handbook_v_istanbul_cover.pdf
Karplus M. CEDAW Reservations: Family. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

A list of all countries with reservations on CEDAW pertaining to the family.

cedaw_reservations-_family.pdf
CEDAW - OP Article 8 chart - Optional Protocol "Article 8 Inquiry". Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

This chart visualizes the inquiry process for article 8 of CEDAW. 

cedaw-op_article_8_chart.pdf
Early Marriages in Middle East and North Africa. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

"Child marriage remains a widely ignored violation of the health and development rights of girls and young women” (IPPF, 2006). Many reasons are given by parents and guardians to justify child marriage.  Economic reasons often underpin these decisions which are directly linked to poverty and the lack of economic opportunities for girls in rural areas. Girls are either seen as an economic burden or valued as capital for their exchange value in terms of goods, money or livestock. A combination of cultural, traditional, and religious arguments are examples utilized to justify child marriage. The fear and stigma attached to premarital sex and bearing children outside marriage, and the associated family “honor,” are often seen as valid reasons for the actions that families take. Finally, many parents tend to curtail the education of their girls and marry them off, due to fear of the high level of sexual violence and abuse encountered en route to, and even at, school.

earlymarriagemiddleeastnafrica.pdf
The Implementation of the Convention de Belem do Para in Colombia and Peru - University of Chicago, International Human Rights Clinic, May 22. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

The presentation analyzes case studies from Peru and Colombia in order to determine the effectiveness of Belem do Para on a state level.

marco_traversa_presentation_violence_against_women_1.pdf
Lessons learned from Grassroots Organizations in Kenya and Zimbabwe . Initiative on VAW, Carr Center for Human Rights; Working Paper.Abstract

This presentation analyzes case studies from Kenya and Zimbabwe to determine the effectiveness of the Maputo Protocol on a state level. 

ppt_presentation_vaw_briefing_-_tanya_sukhija_28229.pptx
VAW in Australia - The Frontline Narrative of a Multicultural Officer. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

The Multicultural Community Liaison Officer (MCLO) Program is designed to combat domestic violence in the Australia.  This presentation briefly discusses the challenges and achievements of MCLO. 

vaw_in_australia-_sunita_kotnala.pptx
VAW in China: Framework and Barriers to Implementation. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

This presentation discusses barriers to implementing VAW legislation in China. 

vaw_in_china.ppt
VAW Research Briefing - Yale Law School. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

The presentation uses case studies from Bulgaria and the Philippines to analyze the effectiveness of CEDAW on a state-level. 

lowenstien.vaw_.briefing_-_katherine_culver_jessica_so_tiffany_tam.pptx
Sri V. The Istanbul Convention's Compliance with the UN Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women. Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Working Paper.Abstract

The Istanbul Convention complies very closely with the UN Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women (VAW).* Nonetheless, the Convention diverges from the Handbook in a number of important ways. This document summarizes these divergences. 

the_istanbul_conventions_compliance_with_the_un_handbook_for_legislation_on_violence_against_women_.pdf
Karplus M. Substantive Rights Protected By International Human Rights Instruments (ICCPR, ACHR, ECHR, ACHPR*).; Working Paper.Abstract

List of substantive rights protected by international human rights instruments (ICCPR, ACHR, ECHR, ACHPR*)

rights_protected_by_international_legal_instruments.pdf
Eslick N. CEDAW Article Brief Descriptions. Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

This document provides short summaries of the articles of CEDAW.

cedaw_article_brief_descriptions_.pdf
Substantive Rights Protected by International Human Rights Instruments (ICCPR, ACHR, ECHR, ACHPR*). Initiative on VAW, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School; Working Paper.Abstract

This working paper explores specific articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR), European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), and African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). The following chart examines which articles in these international instruments protect different human rights. 

rights_protected_by_international_legal_instruments.pdf
2017
Wodon Q, Male C, Nayihouba A, Onagoruwa A, Savadogo A, Yedan A, Edmeades J, Kes A, John N, Murithi L, et al. Economic Impacts of Child Marriage: Global Synthesis Brief. The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage [Internet]. 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract

http://www.costsofchildmarriage.org/publication/economic-impacts-child-m...(Costs_of_Child_Marriage_Products7_6_2017)&mc_cid=4f5de93c86&mc_eid=43d63cddf5

 

 

The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage project is a collaborative effort by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the World Bank, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and additional support from the Global Partnership for Education.

 

Wodon Q, Savadogo A, Kes A. Economic Impacts of Child Marriage: Work, Earnings and Household Welfare Brief. The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage [Internet]. 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract

http://www.costsofchildmarriage.org/publication/economic-impacts-child-m...(Costs_of_Child_Marriage_Products7_6_2017)&mc_cid=4f5de93c86&mc_eid=43d63cddf5

 

The brief summarizes results from an analysis of the impacts of child marriage on women’s work (specifically, labor force participation and type of work held), earnings and productivity and household welfare. It also estimates selected economic costs of these impacts.

 

Wodon Q, Male C, Onagoruwa A, Savadogo A, John N, Petroni S. Economic Impacts of Child Marriage: Women's Health Brief. The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage [Internet]. 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract

http://www.costsofchildmarriage.org/publication/economic-impacts-child-m...(Costs_of_Child_Marriage_Products7_6_2017)&mc_cid=4f5de93c86&mc_eid=43d63cddf5

 

This brief summarizes results from an analysis of the impacts of child marriage on a few selected health outcomes, specifically early childbirths, maternal mortality and intimate partner violence. It does not include analyses for other aspects of women’s health that are likely to be affected by child marriage to various extents, such as maternal morbidity, obstetric fistula, female genital mutilation/cutting, sexually-transmitted infections (including HIV and AIDS) and psychological well-being.

Savadogo A, Onagoruwa N, Wodon Q. Economic Impacts of Child Marriage: Women's Decision Making & Selected Other Impacts Brief. The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage [Internet]. 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract

http://www.costsofchildmarriage.org/publication/economic-impacts-child-m...(Costs_of_Child_Marriage_Products7_6_2017)&mc_cid=4f5de93c86&mc_eid=43d63cddf5

 

 

This brief summarizes results from an analysis on the impacts of child marriage on women’s decision-making ability within the household, land ownership, knowledge of HIV/AIDS, and birth registrations. While these topics are all related to agency, it should be emphasized that they do not together provide a comprehensive measure of agency, which is beyond the scope of this study.

 

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