This is our brief history of the struggle for freedom from violence against women. It focusses on developments in the international human rights framework but includes challenges, achievements, some key events and quotes - good and bad. It includes links to more resources, including articles and films.

1791 – 1945: The First Activists

1945 – 1962: Securing the Legal Foundations of Women’s Rights

1962 – 1975: Recognising Women’s Role in Development

1975 – 1985: UN Decade for Women

1986 – 1995: Towards Equality, Development and Peace

1995 – Present: Women’s Empowerment, Justice and Sustainable Development