About the Monitoring Mechanism

Dubravka Šimonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, called on all States in 2015 to work to prevent gender-based killings, to establish an effective femicide watch and to provide a detailed analysis of the cases of femicide on November 25 each year.

For the purpose of implementing the recommendation of the UN Special Rapporteur, the Public Defender of Georgia expressed her readiness in 2016 to set up a femicide watch. Accordingly, through the mandate granted under this mechanism, the Public Defender annually analyzes cases of gender-based murders, attempted murders and suicides of women in order to identify gaps in the victim protection mechanisms and to make recommendations to the relevant agencies.

A special methodology has been developed within the framework of the femicide monitoring mechanism, through which the Public Defender assesses the trends identified in this direction. In addition, a consultative council was established, the recommendations of which serve as basis for the Public Defender to plan femicide monitoring activities. In addition, the Public Defender holds a conference each year, which serves as a platform for sharing local and international practices.

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