Watch UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Online Presentation

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SR VAW), Rashida Manjoo Esq., discusses the report she made to the U.N. General Assembly on October 10 about the situation of violence against women in the United States. The webinar presentation is moderated by NOW Foundation President Terry O'Neill.

Ms. Manjoo's report is a result of a fact finding country mission to the U.S. which examined such issues as violence against women in prison and detention settings, violence against women in the military, and violence against women who face multiple, intersecting forms of discrimination, particularly Native American, immigrant and African American women. The report contains a series of thoughtful recommendations on how VAW laws, policies and programs can be improved to better protect women.

Read the full report of the Special Rapporteur »

Groups that have participated in a coalition effort to identify where improvements are needed in VAW programs include the following:

» The Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis
» American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project, New York
» American University, Washington College of Law, Project on Addressing Prison Rape, Washington D.C.
» Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco
» Center for Reproductive Rights, New York
» Human Rights Watch, New York
» Indian Law Resource Center, Washington D.C. and Montana
» John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Center for International Human Rights, New York
» Justice Now, San Francisco
» National Congress of American Indians, Task Force on Violence Against Women, Washington D.C.
» National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), Washington D.C.
» National Organization for Women Foundation (NOW Foundation), Washington, D.C.
» New York Legal Assistance Group, New York
» The Opportunity Agenda, New York
» Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), New York
» University of Cincinnati College of Law, Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic, Cincinnati
» University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, Miami, Fla.
» University of Virginia School of Law International Human Rights Law Clinic, Charlottesville
» Women of Color Network, Harrisburg, Penn.
» Yale Law School, Detention and Human Rights Project of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, New Haven