Every Woman Treaty’s Global Working Group is developing the treaty’s core platform, the language and framework that will be used to draft the treaty. The group spent a year collaborating with additional experts on what should be in the treaty, producing 16 policy memos that detail each committee’s recommendation on treaty language, definitions, and requirements. The final policy memos comprise 500-plus pages and were used by a global group of human rights lawyers to develop a working draft of the core platform. The draft is being peer-reviewed by an additional 2,000-plus experts worldwide.


Policy Memos

Types of Violence
1. Domestic Violence
2. Non-State Torture
3. State Sponsored Violence
4. Trafficking and Slavery
5. Workplace Violence

Vulnerable Groups
6. Violence in Conflict
7. Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls
8. Violence Against Disabled Women and Girls
9. Inclusive groups, which focused on women and girls living with HIV/AIDS, and those who face discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics.

Life Stages
10. Violence Against Girls and Students
11. Violence Against Older Women
12. Violence Against Widows of All Ages

13. Advocacy/Rights-Based Program
14. Training and Mandatory Education

15. Implementation Assessment
16. Governing Bodies

Global Research Collaboration

To gain a strong understanding of the legal framework and implementation challenges of violence against women, we partnered with universities around the world to produce 18 original research papers offering insight into this global crisis. The papers are housed at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Every Woman e-Library

The 650 articles, reports, and papers on violence against women found in our e-library were compiled as part of our literature review. The e-library is housed at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Policy Memos

Downloadable PDFs

15. Implementation Assessment
16. Governing Bodies