DG Justice and Consumers has awarded 12 grants to co-fund projects aiming at developing and implementing practical and targeted information, awareness-raising and education activities aimed at preventing and combating violence against women following a restricted call under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme. The overall amount of funding provided is about EUR 4 million.
Violence against women and girls is both a cause and consequence of gender inequalities. It is a violation of human rights and the most brutal form of discrimination on the basis of sex, and results from unequal power relations between women and men. Conversely, it hinders women from fully participating in the labour market, families and society at large.
All twelve National Authorities are receiving funding for effective national activities aimed at:
- changing attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women, with the aim of preventing it from happening through education, combating victim-blaming and encouraging victims and witnesses to report violence to the relevant authorities and institutions;
- training relevant professionals in order to ensure adequate registration, investigation and prosecution of all forms of violence against women and sensitive support for victims, as well as improve perpetrator programmes;
- training journalists and media professionals in order to ensure sensitive and appropriate reporting of the issue and incidents;
- encouraging men and boys to challenge sexism and gender norms that encourage violence against women, and actively engage in the fight against violence against women;
- informing victims about their rights and the support services and protection measures available in their country.
The project activities will be carried out in Lithuania, Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Malta, Latvia, Cyprus, Romania, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy and Ireland.
The selected projects will form part of the focused actions to combat violence against women that the Commission will implement in 2017. For further information, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/saynostopvaw
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