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G E N D E R OMBUD ADVISORY
COMMENTS O F T H E COMMISSION ON HUMAN
RIGHTS TO T H E CEDAW COMMITTEE DRAFT ON
G E N E R A L R E C O M M E N D A T I O N 19 (1992): Accelerating
elimination o f gender-based violence against w o m e n
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Background
The Commission o n H u m a n Rights o fthe Phihppines (CHRP), as a n
"A" Status National H u m a n Rights Institution ( N H R I ) and as Gender and
Development O m b u d under the M a g n a Carta of W o m e n ( R A 9710) submits
i t s c o m m e n t t o t h e C o m m i t t e e o n t h e d r a f t G R 19. T h i s s u b m i s s i o n is l i k e w i s e
pursuant t o t h eA m m a n Programme o fAction o f 2012 i n which N H R I ' s
commit, among others, t o encourage a n d a i d i n t h e compilation o f a n
evidencee base o n t h e n a t u r e , extent, causes a n d effects o f all f o r m s o f
gender-based violence, a n d o nthe effectiveness o f measures t o prevent a n d
address gender-based violences
T h e Commission's c o m m e n t to the draft draws f r o m its experience a n d
challenges i n addressing gender-based violence i n the Philippines including
its independent submission t o t h e C o m m i t t e e d u r i n g t h e 6 4 t h C E D A W
session 2, i t s N a t i o n a l I n q u i r y o n Reproductive H e a l t h a n d Rights, t h e
Concluding Observations of the C o m m i t t e e for the Philippines for its 7 t h a n d
8 t h r e p o r t s a n d t h e r e c e n t l y h e l d C o n s u l t a t i o n o n C E D A W G R 194. T h i s
c o m m e n t reiterates t h e C o m m i t t e e ' s concluding observations o n t h e State's
obligaiton t o f u r t h e r "accelerate i t s achievement o f substantive gender
equality a n d t h e full realization o f women's h u m a n rights;" calling f o r
"gender-sensitive approach t o development" a n d " w i t h special attention t o
w o m e n facing multiple a n d intersecting f o r m s o f discrimination" a n d
" w o m e n ' s participation." W i t h these, t h e C H R P focuses i t s c o m m e n t s o n
t h r e e p o i n t s ; (1) p r o v i d i n g u p d a t e d g u i d a n c e t o S t a t e s i n a d d r e s s i n g n e e d s o f
w o m e n facing intersecting f o r m s o f discrimination, addressing t h e

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" The CHRP conducted a Consultation on GR 19 with Women's Legal a
September 2016. Representatives came from various CSOs working w

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