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Commission's initiatives on violence against women


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Presentation by Frédérique Fastré (European Commission, DG Justice, Gender Equality Unit) on the occasion of the EESC conference on Eradicating domestic violence, 21 Sep 2012, Brussels

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Commission's initiatives on violence against women

  1. 1. Commissions initiatives on violence against women Frédérique Fastré DG Justice – Gender Equality Unit
  2. 2. Contextual frameworkAction Plan Implementing theStockholm Programme (April 2010)Womens Charter (September 2009)Strategy for Equality between Womenand Men 2010-2015 (September 2010)
  3. 3. Definition of gender-based violence "Any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life  Violence against women (VAW) includes domestic violence, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices (such as honour killings and forced marriages), rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, trafficking in women and forced prostitution"
  4. 4. Policies & Initiatives of the European Commission in regards to VAW• Fight against sex discrimination• Empowerment of women• Enhancing knowledge and understanding of the issue• Legislative initiatives• Awareness raising activities• Exchange of good practices• EU free phone number on VAW• VAW as a priority of the Cypriot Presidency• Funding
  5. 5. Enhancing the knowledge and understanding of VAW in the EU● Eurobarometer● European Commission studies on VAW● EU-wide survey on violence against women by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)  Results to be published in 2013● Data collection by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on the subjects of sexual violence, domestic violence and female genital mutilation (FGM)
  6. 6. Legislative initiatives European Commission● Proposal for a Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (adopted on 18 May 2011)● Proposal for a Regulation on the mutual recognition of civil law protection measures (adopted on 18 May 2011) Council of Europe● Adoption of the new Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (May 2011)
  7. 7. Awareness raising activities Possible EU awareness raising activities on VAW in 2013●In February 2012, the Commission organized an exchange ofgood practices on Member States experiences with awareness-raising campaigns on VAW, on the basis of UK and Greekexperiences●The Commission is carrying out an ex-ante evaluation in 2012to assess the needs for awareness raising activities at EU andnational levels●Based on the result of this ex-ante evaluation, possibleawareness raising activities in 2013 could be put in place●Support for the creation of EU free phone number on VAW
  8. 8. VAW activities under forthcoming Cypriot Presidency Council conclusions planned to be adopted in Dec. 2013● As part of the follow-up to the Beijing Platform for Action, Cyprus will take up the critical area "Violence against Women," with a specific focus on victim support.● A report on the situation in the MS and the review of the existing EU indicators on domestic violence will be prepared by EIGE and will be the basis for the Council Conclusions An EU gender equality conference on VAW aiming at thereview of progress at the EU level and the exchange of goodpractices between the Member States in this field will beorganised by the forthcoming Cypriot Presidency in Nicosia, on 8-9 November 2012, with the participation of all stakeholders
  9. 9. Funding Daphne III Funding Programme (until 2013)● Objectives: financial support to NGOs and local authorities for the implementation of transnational projects to combat violence against women, children and young people.● Focus on prevention of violence, victim support (such as womens shelters run by NGOs), training of professionals and awareness-raising Commission proposals for two new funding programmesfor the period (2014-2020): Rights and CitizenshipProgramme & the Justice Programme
  10. 10. Thank you for your attention! For more informationFrédérique FastréDG Justice - Gender Equality UnitTel: +32 2 298 79 DG Justice – Gender Equality Website: