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Historical background

Violence against women is as old as the history of humanity. However, an examination of international law instruments, documents, and discussions reveals that official international law history of violence against women starts with the adoption of the CEDAW in 1979. Nevertheless, this does not mean that the issue of violence against women was unknown or non-existent before the CEDAW Committee started its work. This section examines the discourse on violence against women prior to the adoption of the CEDAW as well as the attitude towards the issue of violence against women during the drafting process. This examination will shed more light on the circumstances of the emergence of the issue of violence against women as a human rights issue and serve as a background for the discussion on further developments. At this stage the issue of violence against women is not yet ‘in the process of becoming’17 a binding rule in international law, but a societal problem to discuss and understand.

 
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