UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dr. Dubravka Simonovic
Published: Oct 19 2015
UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dr. Dubravka Šimonovic, to attend the 17th WAVE Conference (2nd November 2015) and the Third World Conference of Women’s Shelters (3rd-6th November 2015) in The Hague!
Appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences in June 2015, Dr. Dubravka Šimonovic has confirmed her participation in the upcoming 17th conference of the WAVE (Women against Violence Europe) Network on 2nd November 2015, where she will be addressing ‘synergies and implementation of global and regional instruments on VAW: CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention’, and in the Third World Conference of Women’s Shelters, as part of the 5th November ‘Panel 4 – Continents: what is going on? Strengthening global and regional networks’!
Dubravka Šimonovic earned her Master's degree and PhD in Law from the University of Zagreb, Croatia; she also attended human rights courses at Yale, Columbia Law, and Law School in Graz, Austria. In her over 20 years of experience in the field of human rights, and in particular women’s rights and the prevention and response to VAW, Dr. Šimonovic Chaired the UN Commission on the Status of Women and served as an expert of the UN CEDAW Committee, which she Chaired in 2007-8.
She additionally Co-Chaired the Committee which drafted the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, and Domestic Violence (2011), and Chaired the Council of Europe Task Force that proposed the establishment of the Convention.
Dr. Šimonovic was appointed for a six-year term (-2021), replacing Prof. Rashida Manjoo, who served as SRVAW between 2009 and 2015, and who focused her mandate on ‘the intersectional nature of discrimination and violence against women, especially the relationship between socio-economic conditions, race, and historical and cultural contexts.’ Prof. Manjoo, will also be attending the Third World Conference of Women’s Shelters, where she will contribute as part of the ‘Panel 4 – Continents: what is going on? Strengthening global and regional networks’!