Resolution on Elimination of Violence Against Women


25th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
15-19 January 2017

Resolution on Elimination of Violence Against Women


(Sponsored by Fiji)

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Asia‐Pacific Parliamentary Forum;

Reaffirming the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women  (DEVAW), the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women  (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPA) that seek to address and eliminate violence against women;

Acknowledging that violence against women is one of the most universal and pervasive  human rights violations in the world, a barrier to the creation of safe and peaceful societies,  and that violence against women can take several forms including physical, sexual,  psychological, mental, intellectual and economic abuse;

Noting that investing in ending violence against women has transformative effects in advancing gender equality and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and  within the ambit of the SDGs, many targets specifically recognise women’s equality and  empowerment which can be accelerated by ending violence against women;

Recognising the challenges concerning the availability of and access to data on violence  against women; and

Conscious of the fact that the consequences of violence against women are significant and  have an extreme impact on physical, social, mental health and economic aspects;


1. Encourage APPF Member States to review, amend and develop comprehensive legislation  on violence against women to ensure that they comply with international human rights  conventions including Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and CEDAW;

2. Exhort APPF Member States to strengthen legal systems to adequately respond, prosecute  and chastise perpetrators of violence against women and eliminate any adverse practices  that discriminate against women;

3. Call upon APPF Member States to strengthen national activities and programmes to end violence against women and to ensure that priority is given to resourcing services to  support and empower women who have experienced violence;

4. Encourage and strengthen efforts to provide access for survivors to protection and support in a coordinated manner addressing their legal, medical, psycho‐social and  accommodation needs;

5. Call on APPF Member States to strengthen collection of globally comparable national representative data on the cost of violence to the state and key service providers for  appropriate and targeted policy and programme formulation and delivery;

6. Call upon APPF Member States to take a zero tolerance approach to violence against  women in fulfilling regional and international commitments to eliminate violence against women, and commit to identifying and sharing best practices in the region; and

7. Affirm the determination of APPF Member States to take all necessary measures to eliminate violence against women.


Resolution on Elimination of Violence Against Women

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