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Women in the EU: Facts, Figures & Quotes - Press Briefing March 2012

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.

Contents:

  • Women in Decision-Making
  • Women’s Economic Independance
  • Violence against Women
  • Education and Training of Women
  • Media and Women
  • Multiple Discrimination and Women

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Launch of European Campaign to END PROSTITUTION - Press Pack

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.

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Women in EU: Facts, Figures & Quotes - Press Briefing March 2011

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.

Contents:

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  • Women in Decision-Making
  • Women’s Economic Independance
  • Violence against Women
  • Education and Training of Women
  • Media and Women
  • Multiple Discrimination and Women
  • International Comparisons on Women’s Rights

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This press briefinng is also available in French. Download here

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European Network of Migrant Women - Press Pack

18 June 2010

Posted on 18 June 2010

Two years after its formation and the commencement of its activities, the official launch of the European Network of Migrant Women will take place on Friday 18 June in Brussels in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee.

The European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) is an innovative network bringing together more than one hundred non-governmental and non-profit organisations from 16 European Union countries to democratically represent the concerns, needs and interests of migrant women at EU-level.

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Contents:

Media Advisory Programme The European Network of Migrant Women – Who we are Full list of ENoMW membership Biographies and photos of ENoMW representatives available for interviews

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Women in EU: Facts, Figures & Quotes - Press Briefing March 2010

Posted on 3 March 2010

[Brussels, 03 March 2010] In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2010, the EWL has prepared a thematic briefing on gender equality in Europe today. For each theme, you will find key facts and figures, as well as quotes from the EWL ready to use.

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Contents:

  • Decision-Making
  • Economic Autonomy
  • Poverty
  • Violence
  • Education and Training
  • Media

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Women in EU Top Jobs - Press Briefing

24 November 2009

Posted on 19 November 2009

This press briefing contains up-to-date information and a wealth of resources for journalists to cover the question of gender balance in the nominations to the EU Top Jobs by the member states (President of the European Council, High Representative for EU External Affairs, College of Commissioners).

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Contents:

  • EWL resources
  • Other resources
  • Press coverage
  • Letter from Ms. Margot Wallström, Ms. Diana Wallis and Ms. Neelie
  • Kroes to press on 15.11.2009
  • Letter of MEPs to European Council 18.11.2009
  • Press Release by MEPs 17.11.2009
  • Press Release by EP Vice-President Rodi Kratsa 17.11.2009
  • Press Release by MEPs 18.11.2009
  • Press Release by genderbalancedcommission, 18.11.2009

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Violence against Women: Some facts and figures

Posted on 5 March 2009

Violence is a gendered problem

“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)

The home: the most dangerous place

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).

Living with fear

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.

Sexual harassment in the work place

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 costs of violence

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).

Trafficking and prostitution

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).

Migrant women and VAW

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.

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