European Year of Combating Violence against Women?
On 9th of September 2010 European Parliament signed the Declaration on establishing a European Year of Combating Violence against Women!
Violence against women, in all its forms, is a major obstacle to gender equality and is one of the most widespread human rights violations.
This concerns not only you but also your next door neighbour, your colleague at work as well as your own family members. There is no geographical, financial, cultural or social limit to this human rights violation.
In the European Union, 20 to 25% of women suffer physical violence in their adult life and over 10% are the victims of sexual violence. Look around you.
It is high time to arouse public awareness and to mobilize European governments. Abused women should no longer be ashamed and be silent. Violent men should be taught to be respectful to women and to be responsible to the society and children need protection.
On 9th of September 2010, in Strasbourg European Parliament decided:
“The European Parliament ,
– having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the expression "violence against women" denotes any act of gender-based violence causing or liable to cause women harm or physical, sexual or psychological suffering, including the simple fact of threatening such acts or the arbitrary limitation or deprivation of freedom, whether in the public sphere or in their personal lives,
B. whereas violence against women is a major obstacle to gender equality and is one of the most widespread human rights violations, knowing no geographical, financial, cultural or social barriers,
C. whereas this is a critical problem in the European Union, where 20 to 25 % of women suffer physical violence in their adult life and over 10 % are the victims of sexual violence,
D. whereas Parliament has called on several occasions for a European Year of Combating Violence against Women to be established, in particular in its resolution on equality between women and men in 2009,
1. Emphasises the importance of combating violence against women in order to help achieve gender equality;
2. Calls on the Commission to establish, within the next five years, a European Year of Combating Violence against Women;
3. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission”