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International Day for the elimination of violence against women

24-11-2015

This Wednesday 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. VÄ›ra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said the following:

"Combating all forms of violence against women and girls remains a key priority for the Commission, both within and outside EU borders. The EU Victims' Rights Directive, which recognises the specific needs of victims of gender-based violence, entered into force on 16 November. The European Commission equally supports the accession of the EU to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which is a further step to effectively combat violence against women and girls."

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. 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.

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