Posted on 5 March 2012
UPDATED 23 April 2012!
In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2012, the EWL has for the third year running prepared a thematic briefing on gender equality in Europe today especially designed for media professionals. For each theme, you will find key facts and figures, as well as quotes from the EWL ready to use (but do not hesitate to contact EWL Communications and Media Officer Leanda Barrington-Leach on +32 2 210 02 27 for more!). With full references included, this is a valuable resource to keep on hand for the coming year.
Download the full document in Word or PDF format here below:
Posted on 17 June 2011
On 17 June 2011 the EWL launched its Europe-wide campaign to put an end to prostitution, which it considers to be a form of violence and oppression. The press conference saw the unveiling of a thought-provoking video clip portraying a young male prostitute tending to the desires of a stream of women. The one-minute clip is the work of French film director Frédérique Pollet Rouyer and Belgian film director, Patric Jean, whose 2007 documentary ‘La domination masculine’ won critical acclaim. A range of other awareness-raising and campaign materials were also be unveiled. Download the press pack here.
Posted on 6 March 2011
In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2011, the EWL has for the second year running prepared a thematic briefing on gender equality in Europe today especially designed for media professionals. For each theme, you will find key facts and figures, as well as quotes from the EWL ready to use (but do not hesitate to contact Leanda Barrington-Leach on +32 2 210 02 20 for more!). With full references included, this is a valuable resource to keep on hand for the coming year.
Please, click on the image to download the full document in Word format.
This press briefinng is also available in French. Download here
Posted on 5 March 2009
“In the UK, two women die each week at the hands of a partner or an ex-partner. 80.000 women experience rape or attempted rape. There are male victims, yes, but the truth is that this is a war against women because they are women.” (Trevor Phillips, Chair Equality and Human Rights Commission, 26/11/07). "Over 99 percent of rape is perpetrated by men, but it’s a women’s issue?" (Katz: Violence Against Women Is a Men’s Issue, 2008)
Most cases of violence against women happen in their homes, by their partners. In Ireland, 1 in 5 women is raped in marriage (Statistic, Women Helpline Ireland, 2008). In Spain, 74,6% of women identified as abused are abused by there partner or ex-partner. In 2006, this represented 1.350.000 women.(Marco survey 2006, www.mtas.es/mujer).
75.3% of adult women in Lithuania do not feel safe from the risk of assault by men in every day life (Purvaneckien?: Violence against women: victim survey report, 1999). This fear deprives women of their ability to enjoy fundamental rights and violates their freedom to live their lives as they want.
Women suffer from violence at work and in educational settings. In Finland 22% of women reported having experienced sexual harassment in their job (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (2005)). 33% of women employed by the Parliament state that they have experienced sexual harassment in their workplace. In half of the harassment cases, the perpetrator was a member of Parliament (Finnish Parliament, see European Industrial Relations Observatory Online).
The Council of Europe estimates that the total annual cost of violence against women in Council of Europe member states could be as high as 34 billion euros, amounting to 555 euros per capita per annum (T. Davis, Secretary General Council of Europe - 6th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men, 2006).
In all European countries, up to 90% of women in prostitution are foreigners, many of them are trafficked. In the UK, 80.000+ women are in ‘on-street’ prostitution. The average age of becoming involved in prostitution is being just 12 years (Home Office, Paying the Price, 2004).
In Ireland, migrant women make up approximately 25% of women accessing services for victims of male violence (P. Fagan: Migrant Women and Domestic Violence in Ireland, 2008). The vulnerability of migrant women is aggravated by language barriers, discrimination, legal dependency on their partners (residence status) and enforced isolation.