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EWL campaign for EU Year to end violence against women gains ground

[Brussels, 15 November 2012] The EWL’s e-petition for the EU to focus a Year on combatting violence against women has gained almost 1500 signatures and increasing high-level support in the month since it was launched. The EWL believes that an EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls would be instrumental to put this issue on the political agenda of the EU, and therefore of the Member States. Such a Year would send a strong signal that violence against women and girls cannot be tolerated anywhere in Europ.

To advocate for the Year, the EWL has:

  • Initiated a European Coalition of decision-makers and NGOs
  • Published campaign materials, to give visibility to the campaign: the EWL postcard ’Make My Year’ is a great tool to call on EU Commission President to act!
  • Mobilised the general public through an e-petition, to reach a critical mass demanding an EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls.

EWL e-petition has been quickly reaching almost 1500 signatures in two weeks, but we need more!

EWL action has also garnered support from many decision-makers, at all levels. Here are some names of supporters who signed our postcard during various meetings:

  • Mikael Gustafsson, MEP and Chair of EP Women’s Rights Committee
  • Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
  • Mendes Bota, General Rapporteur on violence against women of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Political Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence
  • Raül Romeva, MEP
  • Kartika Liotard, MEP
  • 21 other MEPs already support EWL call (read their names here)
  • Maria Hadjitheodosiou, Political Advisor of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU
  • Michael Privot, Director of the European Network against Racism (ENAR)
  • PES Women Executive Committee
  • EWL Board members
  • EWL Observatory experts

Be part of the movement and call for 2015 to be the EU year to End Violence against Women and Girls! Sign and share EWL e-petition!

Find out more about EWL’s campaign here.

At EWL seminar on violence against women, 8 October 2012, EP

On this picture: Mikael Gustafsson, MEP and Chair of EP Women’s Rights Committee; Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women; Mendes Bota, General Rapporteur on violence against women of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Political Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence; Maria Hadjitheodosiou, Political Advisor of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU

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PES Women Executive, 13 November 2012

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