Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, took the initiative to dedicate the year 2017 to ending violence against women. In light of this, a series of initiatives were introduced by the EU, including this campaign website.


The NON.NO.NEIN. campaign (using the hashtag #SayNoStopVAW) is carried out by the European Commission with the aim of raising awareness about the issue of violence against women, drawing attention to the work done by a variety of stakeholders across the EU, disseminating good practices and connecting stakeholders across borders.

On this website , you can find stories and photos of the people who have made it their everyday job to fight violence against women. Those who are looking for help can refer to the helplines listed, in different EU countries..


As part of the year of focused actions, the European Commission has made €15 million available to 12 national authorities and 32 grass roots projects to develop and implement national and transnational practical and targeted information as well as awareness-raising and education activities aimed at preventing and combating violence against women. The Commission continues to financially support projects and civil society organisations that make a lasting impact on the ground.

An example of such civil society-led project is "United Against FGM", an EU-funded web tool designed to assist professionals such as nurses, teachers, police officers in preventing female genital mutilation and support victims, which was launched on the 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

The Commission also makes funding available to combat gender-based violence in particular areas, for example sport and education (such as "Voices for truth and dignity – combatting sexual violence in European Sport through the voices of those affected"), or the workplace (such as "Safe at home, safe at work" by the European Trade Union Confedaration.

Internationally, the Commission supports projects fostering the rights of women victims gender-based violence, including sexual violence, in developing countries and inhumanitarian crises. In 2016 alone, the EU has so far supported 62 of gender-based violence combating humanitarian projects with close to €24.5 million in total and will reach almost 3.4 million women, girls, boys and men around the world. Starting in 2017, all EU-led human rights dialogues with third countries will have violence against women on the agenda. The Commission is also supporting the UN Women Regional Programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, which aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women.


The Commission is promoting mutual learning, both within and outside the EU. With this aim in mind, the Commission organised an EU-wide conference on violence against women with Malta's EU Presidency in February 2017. It is also organising two seminars for Member States to exchange good practices related to violence against women, under the Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality.

In addition, the topic of violence against women, including trafficking in human beings, is being raised in a variety of fora and with many different relevant stakeholders, including among representatives from the film industry, sports organisations, health professionals, Member States and civil society.


The Commission has many international partners in its work to end violence against women. They range from the UN and the Council of Europe to research institutions and NGO networks spanning EU countries, directly addressing and providing expertise and guidance on different sub-topics of the violence against women field.

UN Framework to Prevent Violence against Women

UN Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence Package (including implementation guide)

UN Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence Flyers

UN Safe Public Spaces Programme

UN Global Knowledge Platform to End Violence against Women

Tool on School-related Gender-based Violence

Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Istanbul Convention - Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Violence against Women: an EU-wide Survey

Addressing forced marriage in the EU: legal provisions and promising practices

EIGE Publications on Gender-based Violence

Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network

END FGM European Network

European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence