On Friday 9 of June 2023, the EWL and We Move delivered to the European Commission more than 78.000 signatures of our petition “Make Europe a safe place for all women and girls”. The petition calls for the swift adoption of a strong and enhanced Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence, which needs to criminalise all forms of sexual exploitation of women and all forms of online violence against women and girls. The signatures will be delivered to the Spanish Presidency of the Council in the coming weeks ahead of the trialogue negotiations that will soon start. At this moment, we will remind the Member States about their commitments to women’s rights and the importance of not excluding many crucial aspects of the Directive, particularly the harmonised definition of rape, which is unfortunately the approach that has been adopted by the Council this same Friday.
The event at the European Parliament concluded with a photo action organised by the EWL and WeMove Europe at Park Leopold, in front of the House of European History. We took this opportunity to celebrate the historic achievement of EU accession to the Istanbul Conventionwith feminist activists, decision-makers and civil society representatives. On this occasion, we recognised the collective effort made to achieve this decision by leaving purple handprints on a banner that also symbolises the work we are still committing to do together to offer to the victims of violence against women the support they need and the reparation they deserve.