Why is gender violence rarely if ever targeted with effective countermeasures such as UN sanctions resolutions or other powerful policy and development decisions?

With one third of all women of the world reporting some form of gender violence during their lifetime, why has no State ever attempted to use Article 39 of the UN Charter to invoke UN sanctions?

The rational seem straight forward given the oppressive weight of evidence that gender violence is an eternal war that one part of the global population wages on the other.

CCSI, with an international consortium of gender rights specialists, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (S/GBV) self-help groups, sanctions practitioners and academics, is developing a unique global research and capacity-building platform.

These pages provide access to the efforts that consortium members are currently pursuing, including:

  • a crowdfunding campaign to establish women-led energy distribution houses in off-grid communities of the Global South with our partners at Mwanamke Mjasiri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo;
  • a campaign to offer vocational training and build job opportunities for the least employable war widows and orphans;
  • a global analysis of how environmental degradation and global warming contribute to gender violence and whether national laws are being implemented to protect the victims;
  • an evaluation of on-line gender violence and an exploration of potential sanctions responses;
  • research into existing multilateral measures, including Security Council sanctions or trade-based actions to protect and promote gender security and empowerment.

WHO- Global map showing regional prevalence rates of intimate partner violence by WHO region* (2010) *

Regional prevalence rates are presented for each WHO region including low- and middle-income countries, with high income countries analyzed separately. See Appendix 1 for list of countries with data available by region.

Lifetime prevalence of non-partner sexual violence by WHO region

Low- and middle-income regions:Prevalence in per cent of population
Eastern Mediterranean-
South-East Asia4.9
Western Pacific6.8
High income12.6

Women's right to live free from violence is upheld by international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), especially through General Recommendations 12 and 19, and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Despite the pandemic of gender violence, of the $41.5 billion spent on humanitarian responses between 2016 and 2018, just $51.7 million - less than 0.2 percent - was spent on GBV prevention for women and girls. ( The New Humanitarian, 27 November 2019).

No UN sanctions have ever been adopted that explicitly are designed to protect gender rights.