The purpose of the Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting on Violence against Women which will be held in Bangkok (Thailand) from 23 to 26 March 2009 is two-fold:
(i) to review and update, as appropriate, the Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, adopted by General Assembly in 1997 (resolution 52/86), taking into account current developments, research and tools,
(ii) to make recommendations addressing violence against women and girls for consideration by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its nineteenth session.
The 1997 Model Strategies and Practical Measures continue to be relevant and useful, adopting a multidisciplinary approach to combating violence against women and covering all components of the criminal justice system, from crime prevention, to law enforcement, to courts, sentencing and corrections. The need to revise the Model Strategies and Practical Measures stems from the fact that they were developed over ten years ago, and they should reflect current developments and research, and take into account new approaches and prevention tools and good practices. There have been a number of efforts made to combat violence against women: new practices, new thinking, and new research. Furthermore, over the last ten years, new relevant criminal justice instruments have been adopted, such as the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.