29.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Lei no. 11.340: Maria da Penha (PDF only)

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The Brazilian Law so called Maria da Penha Law was created for the protection of women against domestic and family violence. This type of aggression violates the rights of women; it humiliates, maltreats and kills people. This Law obliges the State and the society to protect women against this type of violence during all its life – no matter the age, social class, colour/race, living place, religion and sexual orientation. Everyone has the right to a life without violence and the protection of the Maria da Penha Law. In 2008, UN considered Maria da Penha Law as one of the three best legislations of the world on confronting violence against women.

This booklet was produced in the scope of the Joint Interagency Programme entitled “Security Citizen: preventing violence and strengthening citizenship focusing on children, adolescents and youth in vulnerable conditions in Brazilian communities”. It is an initiative financially sponsored by Fund for Reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F), composed by six UN System Agencies: UNDP, UNODC, UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF. The programme is developed in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in Brazil, through PRONASCI, and sponsored by City Hall of Vitória (State of Espírito Santo). Besides the text of Maria da Penha Law, the booklet includes information on protection and security that can change the life of women, definition of domestic and family violence concept, frequent questions on the Law and its history.

Brasilia: ILO, 2012. 26 p.

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