UN to investigate violence against women in the UK

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The United Nations is to investigate violence against women in the United Kingdom for the first time.

The UN Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo is due to spend two week in the country studying domestic and sexual violence.

She will focus on a number of specific issues including sexual bullying and harassment, forced and early marriages as well as female genital mutilation.

Ahead of the trip which begins on Monday, she said she intended to meet women living in safe houses to obtain what she called "first-hand information from survivors of gender-based violence."

Ms Manjoo will present her findings to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

 

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