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News | 24/11/2016

No to violence against women

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the European Commission has announced a 2017 campaign to combat this phenomenon, which is still very common in Europe.

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the European Commission has  announced a 2017 campaign to combat this phenomenon, which is still very common in Europe.  One in three women has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime.

First Vice-President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioners Hahn, Mimica, Avramopoulos, Stylianides, Jourová, Navracsics, and King declared: ‘We cannotignore the enormous consequences which violence towards women has for families, communities, society and the economy. Together we must put an end to such violence and to the stereotypes which put women at risk. Violence towards women is unacceptable.

In 2017, the Commission will raise awareness of all forms of violence towards women – domestic violence, violence in the public domain or at the workplace. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, although 96% of Europeans realise that domestic violence is unacceptable, 27% still believe that non-consensual sexual relations can be justified in certain circumstances.

With its unifying slogan, ‘Say no! Stop violence against women’, the campaign will involve all parties in this fight: Member States, professionals such as doctors and the police, and NGOs. Funding will be provided for projects working to eliminate this kind of violence. Commissioner Jourová, co-ordinating the European effort against violence towards women, has said: ‘I want 2017 to be a game-changing year in the fight against violence towards women. By the end of the year, I would like victims of violence to feel, among other things, that they can go to the police to get the kind of support that they deserve.’

Internationally too, the Commission will provide support to women who have been victims of violence in the most remote areas. Finally, tomorrow evening, the European Commission building, the Berlaymont, the building of the Eureopan External Action Service and the Central European Bank will be lit up in orange in support of the United Nations campaign against violence towards women. 

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