Argentina (CEDAW 25-11-2016)
The Committee considered the seventh periodic report of Argentina (CEDAW/C/ARG/7) at its 1443rd and 1444th meetings, on 1 November 2016 (see CEDAW/C/SR.1443 and 1444). The Committee’s list of issues and questions is contained in CEDAW/C/ARG/Q/7 and the responses of Argentina are contained in CEDAW/C/ARG/Q/7/Add.1.
D. Principal areas of concern and recommendations
Gender-based violence against women
- The Committee welcomes the National Action Plan for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women and Assistance to Victims (2017-2019). The Committee also welcomes the measures taken by the State party to enhance the collection of data on gender-based violence through its National Institute of Statistics and Censuses, in addition to the establishment of shelters for women who are victims of gender-based violence and their families by virtue of the framework protocol for shelter facilities. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned at:
(a) The persistence of gender-based violence against women in the State party, including physical, psychological, sexual and economic violence in both the private and the public spheres;
(b) The reports of an increasing number of cases of femicide in the State party;
(c) The regional disparities in the provision of redress for victims of genderbased violence, including with regard to the number of shelters, access to psychosocial counselling, legal aid and reparation;
(d) The lack of information on the accessibility of shelters for older women, women belonging to ethnic minorities, migrant and refugee women and women with disabilities;
(e) The hate crimes against lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, including reports of harassment by the police, murders of transgender women and the killing of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists, and the absence of statistical data on the number of complaints about such crimes, investigations, prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators, as well as on redress provided to victims.
- The Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Allocate adequate budgetary resources for the effective implementation of the National Action Plan for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women and Assistance to Victims (2017-2019);
(b) Enhance the prevention of femicides and ensure the investigation, prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of femicide;
(c) Ensure the provision of technical and financial resources to the Unified Register of Cases of Violence against Women to generate up-to-date statistical data, disaggregated by sex, age, ethnicity and relationship between the victim and the perpetrator, on the number of reported cases of genderbased violence against women, investigations, prosecutions and convictions, as well as on redress provided to victims and their families;
(d) Ensure that shelters for women who are victims of violence provide legal and psychological counselling, rehabilitation and other support services and are accessible for women from ethnic minorities, women with disabilities and migrant and refugee women;
(e) Set up a trust fund, financed from public and private sources, to provide compensation and other forms of reparation, as well as legal aid, to women who are victims of gender-based violence
(f) Adopt criteria and guidelines for the provision of legal, psychosocial and economic assistance that is victim-oriented, that recognizes the special needs of women with disabilities and that is culturally appropriate for indigenous women;
(g) Denounce attacks on the human dignity and integrity of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, including by raising public awareness of their rights in partnership with civil society, and adopt measures to prevent hate crimes and ensure investigations, prosecutions, convictions and reparations.