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Raise your voice for an EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls!

Posted on 12 November 2012

Welcome on the webpage of EWL’s campaign for an EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls!

The European Women’s Lobby believes that such EU Year would be instrumental to bring violence against women and girls on the political agenda of the EU, and therefore of the Member States. With such a Year, the EU would deliver a strong sign that violence against women and girls is not tolerable all over Europe.

This is why the EWL has been actively advocating for such a Year, by:

  • Initiating a European Coalition of decision-makers and NGOs
  • Delivering campaign material, to give visibility to the campaign: the EWL postcard ’Make My Year’ is a great tool to call on EU Commission President to act!
  • Mobilising the general public through an e-petition, to reach a critical mass demanding an EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls.

Join us now and be part of those actions, by clicking on the links below!

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Sign EWL e-petition calling on President Barroso to establish 2015 as EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls!

Posted on 12 November 2012

[Bruxelles, 26 October 2012] Sign the EWL petition and call on European Commission President Barroso to establish a European Year to End Violence against Women and Girls! Let’s reach a critical number of supporters to make our voice heard!! Click here, sign and share the petition! Thanks a lot in advance for your action!

Why do we need an EU Year to End Violence against Women and Girls?

To date, the EU has no binding legislation regarding violence against women. This is critical, as violence against women is a human rights issue and affects approximately 45% of all women across Europe. An estimated one-fifth of women in the EU suffer from violence within the home and more than one in ten women is a victim of sexual violence involving the use of force. Seven women die every day from domestic violence in the EU.

The EU must therefore raise awareness on the issue and affirm its political commitment to end violence against women. By establishing a European Year to end violence against women and girls, the EU would play a leading role in raising awareness on violence against women, and at the same time propose concrete measures to act against the perpetuation of violence against women.

EU Years are key policy tools to develop strong policies and involve all actors on a specific issue. This is why the European Women’s Lobby and its 2000 member organisations in 30 European countries want to see such year be established in 2015, and we need to prove to the EU institutions that everyone cares about it and that we want a Europe free from violence for all women and girls.

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Sign to call on Mr Barroso to establish an EU Year to End Violence against Women!

Posted on 12 November 2012

[Brussels, 10 October 2012] The EWL unveiled on Monday 08 October its new petition postcard asking Mr Barroso to establish an EU Year to End Violence against Women, bringing policy focus and European-wide attention to the issue. You can download a postcard to sign and send to Barroso or sign the website petition here!

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