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Gender-based violence continues to be the most fundamental and globally widespread violation of women’s human rights, to which 45% of all women in Europe have been subjected. Male violence against women remains a major cause of death among women in the EU.

 

Towards a Europe free from all forms of male violence against women

Posted on 11 February 2010

The EWL has for years been calling on the European institutions to initiate concrete action at European level to end male violence against women as the main obstacle to equality. Despite the extreme gravity of this phenomenon, political responses and resources allocated to this issue have been piecemeal, unequal and mostly inadequate at both national and European level. This is why the EWL, through its Centre on Violence against Women, and with contributions from the EWL Observatory on Violence against Women, is working towards the elimination of all forms of male violence against women, including prostitution, violence against women in conflict, and the violation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights. To this end, the EWL lobbies for 2016 to be the EU Year and Strategy to combat violence against women, supports a strong Council of Europe Convention on violence against women, and leads a European campaign calling for the recognition of prostitution as a form of male violence against women.

For a comprehensive overview of the current situation in terms of male violence against women, and the most recent European policies in this area, see the chapter in the EWL’s Beijing+15 Report on Violence against Women, as well as the chapters on the Human Rights of Women and on Women and Armed Conflict.

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