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Violence Against Women in Russia and Brazil: International and Domestic Responses

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The problem of domestic violence and violence against women, despite being an age-old phenomenon, came to the fore of public debate relatively late. It entered the agenda of intergovernmental organizations in the 1990s, but became the subject of international litigation only in the 2000s and 2010s. While this belated response of the international community can be associated with the inadequate conceptualization of the problem and insufficient data, it also has to do with the ongoing public/private dichotomy that became especially pronounced in the recent years when various conservative groups increasingly question the necessity of specific laws and policies aimed at eliminating this kind of crime. In this article, I briefly trace the developments concerning women’s rights, and, particularly, domestic violence and violence against women in international law. Then, based on the analysis of international and regional court decisions, I try to see how and whether these decisions contributed to the domestic developments in the field of combatting this phenomenon in Russia and Brazil. It is also important to examine how COVID-19 pandemic impacted the narratives of violence and how the international community should respond to the challenge of protecting the most vulnerable members of the society in the conditions of health emergency.

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G. Nelaeva
University of Tyumen
Russian Federation

Galina Nelaeva – Professor, Department of Modern History and World Politics, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities

38 Lenina St., Tyumen, 625000


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Nelaeva G. Violence Against Women in Russia and Brazil: International and Domestic Responses. BRICS Law Journal. 2021;8(4):76-102.

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