Gender-based violence in COVID-19: a double challenge for marginalised groups

Online Discussion

8 March 2021

14:00-15:15 CET


According to the UN, one in three women is subjected to sexual or physical violence during their life, impacting on their physical and mental health, and leading to further health inequalities for girls and women from marginalised communities, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19

Tackling violence against women and girls requires significant efforts to solve long-standing issues such as structural discrimination.

On International Women’s Day, join the European Public Health Alliance to discuss the causes of gender-based violence, from the perspective of marginalised girls and young women;

and how key stakeholders such as civil society and policy makers can be mobilised to strengthen the protections for vulnerable women and girls against all forms of violence, particularly as national COVID-19 recovery plans are being developed. 



Event takeaways

Address the gender dimension of health and social inequalities

Increase understanding about the interrelation between structural discrimination and gender-based violence  

Reflect on the intersectional links between ethnicity, age, social and administrative status and gender-based violence  

Strengthen the policy commitment to women’s rights protection promoted by the TFEU, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Pillar of Social Rights and its future action plan


Mobilise stakeholders, including civil society and policy makers against gender-based violence with a focus on marginalised groups


14.00-14.05: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Opening remarks: European Public Health Alliance

Video on the EPHA Charter on Health Equity

14.10-15:00: Discussion

Systemic discrimination and gender-based violence: a dangerous combination exacerbating health inequalities that affect marginalised groups  

Protection of migrants and refugees women against gender-based violence – accessibility and availability of national protection and prevention mechanisms

Thomais Hatzigeorgiou, Human Rights 360, Greece

Reducing inequalities in housing to increase the protection of women from vulnerable groups: what we learned from the pandemic

Dalma Fabian, Policy Officer FEANTSA 

Effective access to justice for marginalised population groups as a measure for tackling gender-based violence and structural discrimination against Roma women

Jasminka Frishchikj, Executive Director of ESE Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women, North Macedonia

Policy and legislative solutions for tackling gender-based violence

The role of national public health systems in mitigating the health effects of gender-based violence

Peggy Maguire, Secretary General, European Institute of Women’s Health


15.00-15.10: Questions and Answers
15.10-15.15: Closing Remarks and Conclusion


Radost Zaharieva

Policy coordinator Health inequalities, EPHA

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