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The EU Anti-trafficking Directive 2011/36/EU

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.

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Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings

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.

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Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019

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:

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Special Eurobarometer 428 - Gender Equality

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%)".

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EU Commitments at the Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, a Commitment to Action

Ref: EU15-395EN

EU source: European Union

Date: 27/9/2015

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.

 

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EU Statement – United Nations 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women: High Level Plenary

Ref:EUUN15-025EN

EU source: European Union

UN forum: ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), (including functional Commissions)

Date: 9/3/2015

 

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

Read the full statement

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Joint Staff Working Document - Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations 2016-2020

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

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New framework for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations (2016-2020) adopted

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.

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