As part of the project, a series of Joint consultation meetings were carried out. The aim of the meetings was to bring together national authorities from the police, justice, national statistical offices and gender equality mechanisms responsible for data collection on violence against women from different MS in order to discuss the current data situation, the remaining gaps in measuring various forms of violence against women and the main challenges in achieving data comparability. The discussions also focused on future steps to ensure the availability of such data for monitoring and reporting purposes. Country-specific experencies were presented in order to facilitate the exchange of practices and discuss ways to overcome challenges. In order to improve data collection on gender-related killings of women, the participants discussed different approaches to data collection that can reveal the gendered nature of specific homicides of women.
The specific objectives of the Joint consultation meeting were:
- To review the current state of play in populating EIGE's indicators on IPV, rape and gender-related killings across the EU
- To identify recommendations for EU MS so they are able to fulfil their commitment to provide comparable data on the four indicators developed by EIGE on violence against women;
- To learn about existing efforts in collecting, analysing and reporting data on gender-related killings of women;
- To discuss a common approach to operationalise a definition of gender-related killings of women for statistical purposes.
In total 5 (five) Joint consultation meetings were carried in Brussels with groups of MS as follows:
- 1st Joint consultation meeting on 24 October 2019 for the cluster comprising stakeholders from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden;
- 2nd Joint consultation meeting on 25 October 2019 for the cluster comprising stakeholders from Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain;
- 3rd Joint consultation meeting on 12 November 2019 for the cluster comprising stakeholders from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic;
- 4th Joint consultation meeting on 13 November 2019 for the cluster comprising stakeholders from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus and Romania;
- 5th Joint consultation meeting on 19 November 2019 for the cluster comprising stakeholders from Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.
The materials presented and discussed, and the agreements reached at the meetings are available under the corresponding heading of each of the meetings.