The United Nation 's Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Essay example

1991 Words Aug 12th, 2015 8 Pages
On both a national and international scale, Violence against Women is one of the most universally violated human rights; as outlined in the United Nation’s ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, Article 3 “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” In Australia alone over one woman a week is killed by someone known to them; this year 57 women have been murdered by a current or former partner in Australia, not including unreported or unsolved cases. Whilst a variety of legal and non-legal mechanisms exist for the victims of violence, the effectiveness of these must be scrutinized through the examination of criteria such as the equality, enforceability, accessibility and opportunity for appeals and reviews of these instruments. Considering the complexity of enforcing and employing such legal instruments, the Australian legal system is largely effective in balancing the rights of the individual and the wellbeing of society in order to achieve justice for both parties in regards to laws relating to Violence against Women. Nonetheless, there is a clear need for reform of Australian law in relation to Violence against Women, to ensure that the fundamental rights of women are protected.
The United Nations defines Violence against Women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty,…

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