Throughout this knowledge module, reference to certain provisions or sections of a piece of legislation, part of a legal judgment, or aspect of a practice does not imply that the legislation, judgment, or practice is considered in its entirety to be a good example or a promising practice.

Some of the laws cited herein may contain provisions which authorize the death penalty. In light of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions 62/14963/16865/206, and 67/176 calling for a moratorium on and ultimate abolition of capital punishment, the death penalty should not be included in sentencing provisions for crimes of violence against women and girls.

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Drafting the legislative preamble

Last edited: February 27, 2011

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The legislative preamble sets the stage for the entire piece of legislation. The following elements are important to a strong and inclusive legislative preamble regarding violence against women and specifically the maltreatment of widows:

  • IT states that parents, regardless of their marital status, share equal rights and responsibilities, in matters relating to their children. (See: CEDAW, Article 16)
  • IT states that everyone is entitled to equality before the laws and in civil matters, and it states that women are entitled to equality with men in inheritance and property matters. (See: CEDAW, Article 16)