Legislative Wins, Broken Promises: Gaps in Implementation of Laws on Violence against Women & Girls

Legislative Wins Broken Promises Gaps in Implementation of Laws on Violence against Women and Girls. Rajendra Shaw / Oxfam
Legislative Wins Broken Promises Gaps in Implementation of Laws on Violence against Women and Girls. Rajendra Shaw / Oxfam

Laws on paper are one critical step in efforts to address violence against women and girls, but evidently we must continue in our struggle to get governments to live up to their obligations.  Laws can have a significant impact on reducing the prevalence of violence only if duty-bearers implement them effectively, backed up by adequate resources and political will, and in collaboration with women’s rights organizations.

This multi-country research report examines the problem of implementation gaps – government failures to fulfill their legislative obligations to address and prevent violence against women and girls. It presents a comparative analysis of shortfalls between government commitments as laid out in laws, and the realities for survivors of violence as they try to access services and justice. Drawing also on positive examples, lessons are shared about what can be done to improve the implementation of laws, and how civil society organizations can more effectively hold governments to account, so that laws can have a greater impact on ending violence against women and girls.

Publication Date: 
March 2017