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Experts tackle gender-based violence against girls at the 25th Session of the CCPCJ

Monday 13th of June 2016
IJJO Day by Day

The 25th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) took place at the Vienna International Centre between the 23rd and 27th of May, 2016. The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) participated in the sessions and co-organized two side events dedicated to gender-related violence against underage girls. Among the participants gathered in Vienna were the delegates of all member states as well as a vast array of non-governmental organizations and individual experts on related matters.


The side events, co-organized by the IJJO in partnership with the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), were designed to address the issue of gender-related violence against girls from two different angles. The main rationale behind the events was to highlight the ample gap between adoption and implementation of laws relating to gender-based crime.

The IJJO and the ACUNS also aimed to urge the States to promote law reforms to change cultural or social norms which allow or justify any form of extreme violence against girls, as well as to reinforce their policies in order to prevent, prosecute and investigate acts of violence against girls.

The first panel, entitled "Serious forms of violence against girls in the context of terrorism, conflict and refugee crisis", featured contributions from Anna Giudice Saget, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at UNODC, Yvon Dandurand, UN expert, and Janice Joseph, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Chair, UN Liaison Committee of the WSV.

The second event, under the name “Gender-based violence against girls and the criminal law” was prepared primarily by the IJJO and the invited speakers included Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, and Giulia Melotti, Consultant for Justice for Children at UNODC.

The agenda of the session of the CCPCJ also included a wealth of other diverse issues, such as a deliberation on efforts by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and by Member  States  in  the  field  of  crime  prevention  and  criminal  justice, a review of the use and application of UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as an analysis of world crime trends and emerging issues and responses in the field. Elsewhere, the Commission discussed issues in a follow-up to the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the Doha Declaration adopted at the assembly.


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