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Urges Member States to adopt, strengthen and enforce legislation prohibiting violence against women; urges Member States to take all appropriate administrative, social and educational measures to protect women from all forms of physical and mental violence; recommends that a framework for an international instrument be developed in consultation with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women that would address explicitly the issue of violence against women; requests the Secretary-General to convene in 1991 or 1992 a meeting, to be funded from extrabudgetary resources, of experts representing all regions and including representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on Crime Prevention and Control, to address the issue of violence against women and to discuss the possibilities of preparing such an international instrument and the elements to be contained therein, and to report to the Commission on the Status of Women at its 36th session; urges Governments at all levels to develop training programmes for members of the criminal justice system and health-care system to ensure sensitization to and fair administration of justice with respect to equality issues.
Adopted at the 12th plenary meeting, 30 May 1991. In: Resolutions and decisions of the Economic and Social Council, organizational session for 1991, New York, 30 January and 5 and 7 February 1991; resumed organizational session for 1991, New York, 25 March 1991; first regular session of 1991, New York, 13-31 May 1991; resumed first regular session of 1991, New York, 17-21 June 1991 - E/1991/91 - p. 20-21 - (ESCOR, 1991, Suppl. no. 1).