CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 30

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: in line with advice issued by the UN on gender-based violence: (a) Ratify the Istanbul Convention. (b) Take all necessary steps to protect women from gender-based violence in the UK, including in Northern Ireland. (c) Ensure that women seeking asylum, migrant women or women with insecure immigration status can access support and protection without fear that they will be reported to the authorities. (d) Ensure that laws and policies protect disabled women from gender-based violence, particularly from those caring for them. (e) Ensure that the commissioning process does not undermine the provision of specialised services for women who have experienced gender-based violence.

Original UN recommendation

With reference to its general recommendation No. 35 (2017) on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19, and recalling its previous recommendation, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention). (b) Adopt legislative and comprehensive policy measures to protect women from all forms of gender-based violence throughout the State party’s jurisdiction, including Northern Ireland. (c) Ensure that asylum-seeking women, migrants and women with insecure immigration status are able to seek effective protection and support services without fear of having their immigration status reported to authorities. (d) Ensure that its laws and policies effectively protect women with disabilities from all forms of gender-based violence, and in particular violence perpetrated by their caregivers; (e) Ensure that the policy of commissioning services does not undermine the provision of specialized services for women who are victims of gender-based violence.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

1 (definition of discrimination), 2 (elimination of discrimination against women)

Last updated on 11/09/2019