Legislation

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.

Other Provisions Related to Domestic Violence LawsResources for Developing Legislation on Domestic Violence
Sexual Harassment in Sport Tools for Drafting Sexual Harassment Laws and Policies
Immigration Provisions Resources for developing legislation on sex trafficking of women and girls
Child Protection Provisions Resources on Forced and Child Marriage
Other provisions related to dowry-related and domestic violence laws
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Legislation specific to many harmful practices as well as any review of the effectiveness of such legislation is limited. General principles relevant to multiple forms of harmful practices have been set forth above. Below are some limited legislative considerations on specific harmful practices. Drafters should refer to the relevant sections of this Knowledge Asset to best tailor legislation on the harmful practices of female genital mutilation, forced and child marriage, maltreatment of widows, honor crimes and dowry-related violence to their country context.