This module is a resource for lecturers
Engaging closely with the relevant provisions of international human rights law, this Module recognizes gender-based violence against women and girls as a violation of international human rights law on gender equality, the right not to be subjected to torture and ill-treatment, and the right to life. In discussing the mechanisms to end gender-based violence against women and girls, the Module clarifies that State and non-state actors alike can, and are legally obliged to, take a variety of actions to prevent and challenge violence against women and girls, investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, and provide transformative reparation to women and girls who are affected. Structured in five topics, the Module examines the structures (legal, social, economic, and political) which contribute to the prevalence of gender-based violence against women and girls; and provides a range of readings and exercises that lecturers can use to encourage students to engage critically with the structural causes of gender-based violence against women and girls. The final topic of the Module turns to local, regional and global mechanisms to end gender-based violence against women and girls. This topic provides lecturers with materials to prompt students to identify the factors that need to be addressed - media and the use of communications technologies; substantive and procedural law; institutional culture and practice, including that of the police, judiciary, places of education, public spaces and formal and informal work sectors; and education for gender empowerment, (including rights-based and scientifically accurate comprehensive sexuality education).