SAY NO! STOP VIOLENCE

AGAINST WOMEN

One in three women has experienced sexual and/or physical violence. One in three has experienced psychologically abusive behavior by an intimate partner. One in two (55%) has experienced sexual harassment.

THE PROBLEM

Violence against women is endemic in the European Union. It causes severe harm to women, families and communities. The magnitude of the problem is reflected in the economic costs, which are estimated to be a staggering 225,837,418,768 Euro per year. Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, has taken the initiative to dedicate the year 2017 to ending violence against women.

Together with Member States, European Parliament, the European Institute for Gender Equality, UN Women and other International Organisations, civil society organisations, academia, businesses, trade unions, media as well as all European men and women willing to join, we have to make violence against women a thing of the past.

THE CAMPAIGN

The NON.NO.NEIN. campaign (using the hashtag #SayNoStopVAW) is carried out by the European Commission with the aim of raising awareness about the issue of violence against women, drawing attention to the work done by a variety of stakeholders across the EU, and disseminating good practice and connecting stakeholders across borders.

On this website, dedicated to the campaign, you can find stories and pictures of the people who have made it their everyday job to fight violence against women. You can explore events happening all over the European Union and beyond, and take part in those that fit your interest and profile. Those, who are looking for help, should refer to the helplines in various European countries.

EU FUNDING

Apart from this campaign, the European Commission has made 4 million Euro available to EU countries to develop and implement national practical and targeted information as well as awareness-raising and education activities aimed at preventing and combating violence against women. The Commission also financially supports civil society organisations that make a lasting impact on the ground.

One such example is "United Against FGM", an EU-funded web tool designed to assist professionals such as nurses, teachers, police officers in preventing female genital mutilation and support victims, which was launched on the 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

The Commission also makes funding available to combat gender-based violence in particular areas, for example sport and education (e.g. "Voices for truth and dignity – combatting sexual violence in European Sport through the voices of those affected"), or the workplace.

Internationally, the Commission supports projects fostering the rights of women victims gender-based violence, including sexual violence, in developing countries and inhumanitarian crises. In 2016 alone, the EU has so far supported 62 of gender-based violence combating humanitarian projects with close to €24.5 million in total and will reach almost 3.4 million women, girls, boys and men around the world. Starting in 2017, all EU-led human rights dialogues with third countries will have violence against women on the agenda. The Commission is also supporting the UN Women Regional Programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, which aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women.

BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEM

In order to contribute to the design of effective prevention initiatives and responses to the problem, the Commission is carrying out a number of activities in the area of data collection.

The Commission published a Eurobarometer on gender-based violence (2016) focusing on attitudes towards and perceptions of the problem and is working towards a new EU survey on gender-based violence to be coordinated by Eurostat.

The Joint Research Centre of the Commission produced a literature review on the use of behavioural insights to combat violence against women, while the European Institute for Gender Equality created factsheets on violence against women. The Commission also conducted a study on gender-based violence in sport, and the European External Action Service will produce an Annual Report on EU action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER

The Commission is promoting mutual learning, both within and outside the EU. With this aim in mind, the Commission organised an EU-wide conference on violence against women with Malta's EU Presidency in February 2017. It is also organising two seminars for Member States to exchange good practices related to violence against women, under the Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality.

In addition, the topic of violence against women, including trafficking in human beings, is being raised in a variety of fora and with many different relevant stakeholders, including among representatives from the film industry, sports organisations, health professionals, Member States and civil society.

THE COMMISSION’S PARTNERS IN ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The Commission has many international partners in its work to end violence against women. They range from the UN to the Council of Europe to research institutions to networks spanning EU countries, addressing and providing guidance on different sub-topics.

UN Framework to Prevent Violence against Women

UN Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence Package (including implementation guide)

UN Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence Flyers

UN Safe Public Spaces Programme

UN Global Knowledge Platform to End Violence against Women

Tool on School-related Gender-based Violence

Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Istanbul Convention - Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Violence against Women: an EU-wide Survey

Addressing forced marriage in the EU: legal provisions and promising practices

EIGE Publications on Gender-based Violence

Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network

END FGM European Network

European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

BECOME INVOLVED

If you are interested in becoming involved, please download any of the materials below and help us spread the word.

If you require the material in other EU languages, please get in touch via the contact section of this page.

NON. NO. NEIN. Campaign stamp shareables
NON. NO. NEIN. shareables “Forms of violence”
NON. NO. NEIN. shareables “Emotions”
NON. NO. NEIN. shareables “Facts”
NON. NO. NEIN. campaign video