In view of today’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, members of the European Commission including Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the Commission, joined their voices on 24th November in order to bring attention on the delicate issue of gender violence and gender inequality, committed to stop gender-based violence not only within European boundaries, but beyond.
“This year, we should pay special attention to the growing numbers of women seeking refuge or asylum in the EU. Some have been raped, beaten or sexually exploited during their journey, while others flee gender-based violence in their home countries. They are arriving in Europe in need of gender-sensitive support, which we must provide.” affirmed the Commission’s statement.
This year, the European Commission has allocated about €8 million in projects preventing and combating violence against women and girls within the EU and €20 million in fighting against harmful practices abroad.
On 16th November, the EU Victims’ Rights Directive entered into force. It establishes a minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime and ensures that persons who have fallen victim of crime are recognised, treated with respect and receive proper protection, support and access to justice.
The Commission also wants to to intensify its efforts to eliminate forms of violence such as sexual violence in conflicts and process perpetrators.
Moreover, a new Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 for EU external relations will be applied from January 2016 and a diplomatic outreach which focuses in particular on eradication of child, forced marriage and female genital mutilation was recently lounched by the European External Action Service.
A preventive, educational and constructive action plan, along with effective and strict legislations, is needed in order to make feeblest categories’ voices lauder in a world which is often deaf to women and child sufference.