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Gender Perspectives on Torture: Law and Practice is a follow-up to the report of the former Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in March 2016. The report assessed the applicability of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in international law to the unique experiences of women, girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and intersex persons; as historically, the torture and ill-treatment framework evolved largely in response to practices and situations that disproportionately affected men.

The present volume is a compilation of articles and essays submitted by global experts, activists, scholars, and practitioners, invited to reflect and expound upon various areas of the Special Rapporteur’s report, its recommendations, and on the diverse contexts women, girls, and LGBTI persons experience violence, often in the form of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Editor's Note: The authors of article, “The Vital Voices Justice Institute: Helping States Combat Gender-Based Violence,” regret that through the editing process, an important and respected partner in the development and international implementation of the Institutes was not given their due credit as the article’s co-author. This oversight was unintended, as we recognize and greatly appreciate the significant role that AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women has played in this process. We apologize for this regrettable omission.