Violence against women is endemic in the European Union.
Since the age of 15: one in three women has experienced sexual and/or physical violence, psychologically abusive behavior by an intimate partner and one in two (55%) have experienced sexual harassment.
In addition to causing severe damage to women, families and communities, the magnitude of the problem is reflected by its economic costs for the European Union, which are estimated to be a staggering 225,837,418,768 euro per year. It is a shameful stain on our societies that, even in 2016, we cannot guarantee the enjoyment of human rights for all women. This must stop. Girls and women have the right to fully participate in all aspects of our society, without being beaten, harassed, raped, stalked or otherwise held back by other forms of violence.
Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality has taken the initiative to dedicate 2017 to combating violence against women. But it requires the dedication of all of us: Member State national and local authorities, International Organisations, civil society organisations, academia, businesses, trade unions, police, health professionals, social care professionals and all European men and women to fight to make violence against women a thing of the past. More than an awareness-raising campaign, this initiative will support and engage all stakeholders in combatting this problem. Commissioner Jourová invites all to join these focused actions to combat violence against women, as it will be a concerted effort.
On 24 November, the European Commission has released the results of a Eurobarometer survey on gender-based violence, which focuses in particular on awareness of and attitudes and perceptions towards the issue:
As part of the focused actions to combat violence against women in 2017, the Commission has set aside euro funds from the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme to support Member States in developing and implementing national practical and targeted information, awareness-raising and education activities, aimed at preventing and combating violence against women.
Funding under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme is also available through the Daphne strand, which provides €6 million annually to fund transnational grassroots projects run by NGOs, local authorities and other stakeholders.
Further information regarding upcoming calls for proposals can be found here.
Information regarding previously funded projects can be found here: Daphne Toolkit
Insights from Behavioural Sciences to prevent and combat violence against women with awareness-raising and education activities: literature review by the Joint Research Centre.
- EEAS page on human rights and democracy
- ECHO factsheet: GENDER: Different needs, adapted assistance
- Study on GBV in sport
- “Safe at home, safe at work” project
- Study on the gender dimension of trafficking
- Factsheets on violence against women by the European Institute for Gender Equality