The Convention

The Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women was adopted in Belém do Pará, Brazil, in 1994. It proclaims that violence against women constitutes a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Belém do Pará Convention established for the first time the development of mechanisms for the protection and defense of women’s rights in the struggle to eliminate violence against their physical, sexual and psychological integrity, in both the public and private spheres.

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States Parties