worldwide are subjected to many forms of violence in spite of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and other international conventions.Violence
against women and children represents an increasing major health and human
rights concern. Combating violence against women requires challenging the
way that gender roles and power relations are articulated in society.
are worth very little to women where there are no corresponding
duties on the part of governments, organisations and individuals to respect
those rights. Violations of women’s rights will go unrecognised and unremedied
where is no understanding of those rights or no legal services
to advocate for those remedies. Action to combat violence therefore needs
to occur across all sectors and address factors at the individual, interpersonal
and institutional levels.
International through its initiative, CaucasusNOW, is
building a Caucasus-wide online, and Tbilisi-based resource and information
centre on combating violence against women and through its Caucasus Partner,
WomenAid-Georgia, is supporting the establishment of The Caucasus
Coalition Against Violence. The Coalition will promote and strengthen
the human rights of women and children, develop protection strategies and
increase awareness of violence in all its forms. The Caucasus Coalition
Against Violence encourages the development and dissemination of
gender-disaggregated and age-specific data on victims and perpetrators
of all forms of violence.
Caucasus Coalition Against Violence supports the work of
the United Nations and its specialised agencies, in stressing the
importance of working towards ending all forms of violence against women
and children in public and in private life in accordance with the international
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
(CEDAW), the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Vienna Declaration,
the Declaration on Violence Against Women, the Beijing Platform for
Action and all other related documents.
functions of the Caucasus Coalition Against Violence (CCAV) are:
and dissemination of data on all aspects of violence;
and accelerate information flows
and publish research;
conferences, seminars and working groups;
training and resources;
awareness and create a deeper understanding of male violence against women;
national and international policies on violence and trafficking of humans;
‘legal literacy’ training workshops;
public awareness through community education activities;
and promote criteria and guidelines in relation to legislation, services
and prevention strategies.
The Caucasus Coalition Against Violence
Directory offers a free web page presence to all members of the Coalition
and an Action eCalendar.
a regional initiative created by WomenAid
International, a humanitarian aid and development agency
which first established its presence
in the Caucasus region in 1994. It also works in
partnership with and through its Caucasus partner, WomenAid-Georgia, which
is based in Tbilisi.
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