2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies will be on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities.
Gender-based violence is a brutal form of discrimination and a violation of the victim’s fundamental rights. It is both a cause and a consequence of inequalities between women and men.
Gender-based violence happens everywhere, in every society and EU country, regardless of social background, whether at home, at work, at school, in the street or online.
Not only does it affect women’s health and well-being, but it can hamper women’s access to employment, thereby negatively affecting their financial independence and the economy in general.
Find more on the description of gender-based violence here.
See also the European Institute for Gender Equality’s work on gender based violence for additional statistics and definitions.
Among other approaches, the European Commission:
In 2016, the European Commission opened a call for proposals for action grants to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women, under the Daphne scheme. We are happy that three of our members were accepted to implement their suggested actions to combat violence against women:
Read a summary of all winning proposals here.
These projects were amongst those being presented at the Maltese Presidency Conference on Violence against Women, taking place on 3 February, 2017. They were also referred to in the opening speech given by Commissioner for Gender Equality Vera Jourova.
A list of other equality bodies working on violence against women can be found in the European Directory of Equality Bodies.
As part of its 2017 Work Plan, Equinet is carrying out a project to Combat Violence Against Women and Gender Based Violence. The project will allow members to look at new challenges and opportunities presented by the EU’s proposed accession to the Istanbul Convention as it applies to equality bodies. Cooperation with international partners and civil society (such as the European coalition to end violence against women and girls) is foreseen. The project will run through 2017 and aims to:
The final aim of the project is twofold: