January 2015. Continuing Harvard FXB’s interest in examining how applying human rights frameworks might contribute to the global development agenda, this paper explores how a human rights framework can support efforts to eradicate gender-based violence as a critical element of the post-2015 global development agenda. The paper seeks to illustrate the powerful impact that law, as a social determinant of health, can have, but also underscores how the effective enjoyment of rights in practice must go beyond the legal domain to broader political, institutional, and social shifts.
The authors review major constitutional and statutory developments and argue that the impressive legislative reforms of the past decade are unlikely to be implemented effectively without the evidence and accountability brought by high quality, consistent monitoring and evaluation. They further assert that women’s groups and civil society can add indispensable contributions to this process.