The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has initiated a broad European campaing to call for a European Year on combating and preventing violence against women. The overall aim will be to call for an EU comprehensive action on violence against women. EPHA has signed up to the call.
According to the European Women’s Lobby, a European Year would be one of the best way to draw attention to violence against women and its impact on society.
It would aim to raise awareness at local and national levels, with EU funded actions and campaigns, as well as to renew the EU political commitment to end violence against women.
During the year, concrete measures could be explored, such as a comprehensive EU policy framework to end violence against women.
Violence against women is a human rights issue.
It 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: in the UK, 80 000 women experience rape or attempted rape; in France, one woman is killed every three days by her partner.
Domestic violence alone costs EU Member States as much as 16 billion Euros every year – or one million Euros every half hour.
Related EPHA articles
European Parliament calls for an EU directive to combat violence against women
Council of Europe adopts Convention on Violence against Women
EPHA Briefing Paper on Health Inequalities
EPHA’s Response to the Commission Follow-up Strategy to the Roadmap on Gender Equality between Women and Men
Promoting gender equity in health: the ENGENDER Project
The 2010-2015 European Commission Strategy for Gender Equity in the EU: a promising but not sufficient Strategy
27 Social Affairs Ministers adopt the 2011-2020 European Pact for Gender Equity
 from EWL