European Observatory on Violence against Women in Gdansk
The meeting of the Observatory on Violence against Women took place in Gdansk on 18-19 June 2009 that was organized by the Network of East-West Women NEWW-Polska. The Observatory is the project managed by the European Policy Action Centre on Violence against Women that was established by the European Women’s Lobby in 1997.
The main aim of the Centre is to achieve equality between women and men through the elimination of all forms of male violence against women. European Observatory brings together experts from currently 30 European countries (EU Member States, accession and neighbouring countries) with extensive expertise. They are academics specializing in violence against women, lawyers and legal advisers as well as NGO service providers with first-hand experience of running prevention and victim support services.
The experts came from 20 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Island, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the Great Britain. The main aim of the meeting was to exchange experience and introduce the situation of the women – victims of domestic violence in European countries. Women were discussing the future plans and activities of the Observatory in 2009.
During the workshops they were talking about: campaigning, legal base/legislation at European level, counting the deaths/data collection, migrant women and violence against women. Women had the opportunity to meet with the non-governmental organizations from Gdansk that offer assistance for victims of domestic violence and the representative of the Women’s Party.
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