Bizottsági ülés az Európai Parlamentben március 5-én: Preventing Violence Against Women - A Challenge For All
Preventing Violence Against Women – A Challenge For All
- Interparliamentary Committee meeting -
5 March 2014
15.00 – 18.30
Room: József Antall, 2Q2
The meeting is open to the public.
Following the tradition to celebrate International Women's Day as a special event to recognize the progress achieved and look forward to future challenges, the 2014 year's theme will focus on "Preventing violence against women – a challenge for all". The theme chosen is connected to the legislative initiative report, which will be voted soon by the European Parliament and which explores possibilities of European legislation on the subject.
During the event two discussion panels are foreseen, focusing on the following topics:
- "Experiences and legislation at national/regional level"
- "Which strategic action at the European level – Ideas for the way forward".
Between the two panels the Fundamental Rights Agency will present its EU-wide survey on gender based violence against women.
On this occasion the meeting with representatives of national parliaments will give the opportunity to discuss experiences and legislation at national level as well as strategic action and ideas forward at European level.
Prior to the Interparliamentary Committee meeting, during the morning of 5 March, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is presenting the findings from the world’s largest survey "Violence against women across the EU: Abuse at home, work, in public and online".
For more information on the FRA event please consult the conference website at http://fra.europa.eu/en/vaw-2014.
Notes from the Chair, Mikael Gustafsson
8th March 2014:
International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate progress and call for commitment to women’s rights and gender equality. The FEMM committee would like to seize this opportunity to highlight the importance of combating violence against women.
Gender-based violence against women is not just about violence as defined by criminal law. It extends to different types of crime directed against women simply because they are women. It is a type of abuse which contributes to the repression of women as individuals and as a group. Violence inflicted on women is also usually sexualized. Genderbased violence covers offences in the form of violence in close relationships, sexual abuse, human trafficking, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and other forms of violations of integrity which particularly affect women and young girls.
Despite the fact that violence against women has been a topic of debate for several decades, and is considered as a serious human rights violation, the international community has not managed to put an end to it. Therefore, I believe, it is high time to act and to bring our actions in line with our words. The European Parliament has already pointed out the need for a comprehensive legal act to combat all forms of violence against women. Here, I would also like to take the opportunity to extend a warm thank you to the women's rights NGOs all around the world, working either on policy advocacy or at the grassroots' level. Their work means a lot! Without their determination and commitment, often under difficult socioeconomic circumstances or within complex political contexts and contradictory legal frameworks, we would not have made the progress we have. We all need to get together and strengthen efforts to prevent violence against women and girls.
On the occasion of IWD 2014 the European Parliament holds a special Interparliamentary Meeting on 5 March and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to an interesting conference!