violence against women

2017 Focused Actions to Combat Violence Against Women in EU

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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.

Data Collection

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:

Infographic of the results – information_society/newsroom/ image/document/2016-48/ infographic_combat_violence_ woman_40135.pdf


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.

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Invitation to Theatrical Benefit Performance

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with the actress Esmeralda Calcullo


The University of Catania and University Women of Europe

along with Fildis Siracusa, AIRC and ANDOS


a theatrical benefit performance

dedicated to “HYPATIA”

one of the last great thinkers of antiquity

and one of the first women to study and teach mathematics, astronomy and philosophy.

an icon for women in education and scientific thought as well as a icon on Violence Against Women and Human Rights.

MAY the 13rd, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Auditorium Hall ‘De Carlo’, University of Catania,

Benedectine Monastery, Catania, Italy

Welcome speakers

Prof. Giancarlo Magnano San Lio,

Head of Department of Human Science, University of Catania

Prof.ssa Katerina Papatheu,

docente di Lingua e Civiltà della Grecia moderna e contemporanea (Università di Catania)

Prof.ssa Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri,

Archaeologist, Vice-President University Women of Europe (UWE)

Prof.ssa Maria Vittoria Fagotto Berlinghieri,

President FILDIS Siracusa

Dott.ssa Francesca Catalano,

President ANDOS (National Association taking care of women with breast operation)

Prof. Riccardo Vigneri,

President AIRC (Italian Association for Cancer Research) Comitato Sicilia

Dott.ssa Nella Giallongo Coffa,

Consigliera AIRC Italian Association for Cancer Research) Comitato Sicilia


Ending violence against women and girls: 25 policies nominated for Future Policy Award 2014

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Twenty-five policies on ending violence against women and girls have been nominated for the Future Policy Award 2014. This was announced by the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women today. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive and predominant forms of human rights abuses in the world.

One in three women worldwide will suffer sexual and/or physical violence in her lifetime. A human rights violation of pandemic proportions, the pervasive violence also impedes economic development and poverty reduction by limiting women’s choices and their ability to act. Tackling violence against women on all levels is, therefore, a necessary prerequisite for gender equality and sustainable development.

The 25 nominated policies competing for the prestigious prize represent all continents. The nominations were put forward by international organizations, NGOs and noted experts in the field. They represent the wide range of policy dimensions: from comprehensive international treaties and national action plans to measures that ensure coordinated support of women who report an attack and press charges. The nominated laws and policies will be analyzed in a thorough evaluation process and assessed by a high-level jury.

The winners will be announced by the World Future Council in October 2014, in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women. For the first time, the award ceremony will be held at the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Assembly in Geneva, for which more than 1,200 delegates from among 164 national Parliaments will gather.

The Future Policy Award is the first and only award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. Since 2009 it has been awarded in a different policy field each year to showcase existing and working policy solutions to an international audience.

For the full list of nominated policies as well as jury members, see 

Future Policy Award

The Future Policy Award is designed to alert policymakers and the public to the importance of best practice in law-making and highlight outstanding examples of regulatory vision. The Award draws attention to existing sustainable policies and demonstrates that when political will is asserted, positive change can happen. Celebrating visionary policies raises public awareness, encourages rapid learning and speeds up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies. For more information, see

Previous Future Policy Award Topics:

2013: Disarmament
2012: Oceans and Coasts
2011: Forests
2010: Biodiversity
2009: Food Security

World Future Council

The World Future Council consists of 50 eminent global change-makers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business. We work to pass on a healthy planet and just societies to our children and grandchildren with a focus on identifying and spreading effective, future-just policy solutions. The World Future Council was launched in 2007 by Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. It operates as an independent foundation under German law and finances its activities from donations. Find out more at:

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
As the global organization of national parliaments, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples by uniting members to drive positive change. Its focus on gender equality and in particular, women’s political participation, addresses a key component of democracy. Since 2008, IPU has also been working with parliaments to end violence against women through advocacy and awareness-raising activities and the introduction and implementation of legislation to tackle the issue. Find out more at:

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