(Brussels, 13 March 2013) Calls for 2015 as the European Year to End Violence against Women grow as celebrations for international women’s day continue.
The Social Platform (of which the European Women’s Lobby is a member) demands that the European Commission show its concrete commitment to the eradication of violence against women and girls.
The Social Platform, like the European Women’s Lobby, has demanded that 2015 be dedicated to removing the threat of violence from women and girls in Europe.
Violence against women (VAW) is the most widespread violation of women’s human rights: in Europe, 7 women die every day because of domestic violence and an average of 25 % of women experience violence from their partner/ex-partner. Every day in Europe women are raped but only 4 to 10% attempt recourse to justice, while the majority suffers the traumatic experience of sexual violence without any help.
“Europe will not guarantee women’s rights and gender equality unless serious measures are finally taken at EU level to eradicate any form of violence against women”, said Conny Reuter, President of the Social Platform.
For International Women’s Day 2013, violence against women is on the political agenda: it is being hotly discussed at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In parallel, millions of people around the world including European Commissioners showed their commitment by dancing against VAW within the One Billion Rising initiative on 14 February.
Establish 2015 as the European Year to End Violence against Women
Social Platform has issued a position paper which highlights VAW as a typical form of severe structural inequality spread across all areas of society and affecting all women, irrespective of whether they also belong to other minority groups. The ones who belong to a minority group are often vulnerable to violence due to their gender in combination with characteristics such as disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and ethnic origin.
“The European Commission must act now to ensure that violence against women is high on the European political agenda: by establishing 2015 as the EU Year to End Violence against Women, the Commission will contribute to raising awareness of the issue at European level and give VAW a venue for more concrete political decisions.” Said Pierre Baussand, Director of Social Platform
Click here to read the Social Platform’s press release.