Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA (OJ L 101, 1 15.4.2011)
The Directive provides binding legislation to prevent trafficking, to prosecute criminals effectively and better to protect the victims, in line with the highest European standards.
European Commission, 2016, 240 pages
The purpose of this study is to contribute to the identification and understanding of what it means to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required in Article 1 of European Union (EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims in the context of the EU Strategy (COM(2012) 286 final) Towards the eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.
European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, 2015, 27 pages
Promoting gender equality is a core activity for the EU: equality between women and men is a fundamental EU value, an EU objective and a driver for economic growth. The Union shall aim to promote equality between men and women in all its activities.
The Commission’s 2010-2015 strategy for equality between women and men prioritised five key areas for action:
March 2015, 229 pages
"Europeans are most likely to cite sexual violence as the priority area for the EU to tackle, followed by violence in close relationships or domestic violence and human trafficking"
"In five Member States respondents are most likely to think that combating human trafficking is an EU priority. This form of violence receives the highest mentions in Sweden (84%), the Netherlands (77%), Denmark (72%), Germany (67%) and Finland (65%); and the lowest mentions in Hungary (33%), Italy (35%), Poland (41%) and Malta (46%)".
European Commission, December 2015, 40 pages
The document describes how gender equality actions will be focused on five priority areas, namely:
EU source: European Union
The statement reads that the EU will ensure that the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings and trafficking of women and girls will be fully addressed, and that the EU will work towards the eradication of trafficking of women and girls by adopting an ambitious and comprehensive legal and policy framework.
EU source: European Union
UN forum: ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), (including functional Commissions)
Statement delivered by H. E. Ms. Mārīte Seile, Minister of Education of the Republic of Latvia, at the United Nations 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
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SWD(2015) 182 final, Brussels, 21.9.2015
A new framework for the EU's activities on gender equality and women's empowerment in external relations for the period 2016-2020 has just been adopted. It contains expressively the eradication of trafficking of girls and women as an objective
European Commission, 2015, 64 pages
The report mentions trafficking in human beings in the fourth chapter, which deals with dignity, integrity and gender related violence.
On the 22nd of September 2015, the European Commission and the European External Action Service adopted a new framework for the EU's activities on gender equality and women's empowerment in EU's external relations.