European Commission President: Establish 2016 as European Year to End Violence against Women and Girls!
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European Commission President: Establish 2016 as European Year to End Violence against Women and Girls!

    1. European Women's Lobby Lobby européen des femmes
    2. Petition by

      European Women's Lobby Lobby européen des femmes

      brussels, Belgium

To date, the EU has no binding legislation regarding violence against women. This is critical, as violence against women is a human rights issue and affects approximately 45% of all women across Europe. An estimated one-fifth of women in the EU suffer from violence within the home and more than one in ten women is a victim of sexual violence involving the use of force. Seven women die every day from domestic violence in the EU.

The EU must therefore raise awareness on the issue and affirm its political commitment to end violence against women. By establishing a European Year to end violence against women and girls, the EU would play a leading role in raising awareness on violence against women, and at the same time propose concrete measures to act against the perpetuation of violence against women.

EU Years are key policy tools to develop strong policies and involve all actors on a specific issue. The EP has adopted on 25 February 2014 the legislative resolution of MEP Parvanova, demanding EU action to combat violence against women, including an EU Year. This is why the European Women’s Lobby and its 2000 member organisations in 31 European countries want to see such year be established in 2016, and we need to prove to the EU institutions that everyone cares about it and that we want a Europe free from violence.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Clive Belgeonne BUXTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 21 hours ago

      The EU needs to be seen as a progressive force for change globally and needs to ensure that equal opportunities are properly enshrined in legislation.

      • 8 days ago

      Il est urgent d'agir !!!

      • 29 days ago

      No child should be exposed to pain and horror of the domestic violence and every woman should have the right to have a choice regarding her family,these issues are not just the isssues regarding women but our humanity as people

    • Ines Hecimovic VIROVITICA, CROATIA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because I'm aware violance against women is unfortunately present in all countries of the world, women suffer a lot, regardless of their skin colour, nationality, education.. This should not happen in 21st century.

    • Karen Vandersickel ANTWERP, BELGIUM
      • about 1 month ago

      This is first and foremost, a human rights issue: every person has the right to live a life free from violence. Unfortunately, we all have someone in our close environment who has survived this type of violence. It is time to put an end to this human rights violation.


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