Thu, May 23, 2024

We have an historic opportunity to protect women from violence in EU countries. All over the EU, women will have the same basic rights. And 24/7 national helplines or shelters free of charge! Sign to support the first ever #EU law against #ViolenceAgainstWomen in partnership with European Women’s Lobby!

Despite progress over the last decades on gender equality, there is not a single country in Europe where women and girls are free from violence. There is no area of a woman or girl’s life where she is not exposed to the possibility of violence: from the home’s private space to the public space, which includes the workplace and online spaces.

In the EU, 1 in 3 women have suffered physical and/or sexual violence and 1 in 2 women have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15. [1]

Gender-based violence has increased for the first time in a decade and 2 women each day are killed in the EU at the hands of their partners or former partners. [1] All forms of Violence against women have the same goal: to silence women and to keep them in a subordinate place. But we won’t let that happen!

We have a chance right now to secure a EU Directive on violence against women and domestic violence. [2] Women who have been the survivors of rape, female genital mutilation, image based sexual abuse online, cyberstalking, or cyberharassment will have the same level of protection no matter where they live. Women’s organisations are working hard to ensure that the Directive covers more forms of violence, including all forms of sexual violence and sexual and reproductive exploitation, and also to ensure that it proposes a comprehensive set of specialised measures to protect all women survivors of any form of gender-based violence and to give them access to justice and reparation.

If enough of us show how important it is to ensure women are safe and protected, decision makers will have to listen to us. Add your voice by signing HERE the petition to the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union !



  1. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Violence against women: an EU-wide survey. Main results report, 2014:
  2. Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating violence against women and domestic violence, 2022:


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