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Greens/EFA roundtable on ending gender-based violence

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Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations in the world, claiming thousands of lives every year even before the pandemic. 

Gender-based violence threatens a person’s physical and psychological integrity. A life free of violence is a basic human right, one that every person deserves. Under COVID-19, it has surged worldwide into a shadow pandemic. Yet, the European Union still has no directive obliging its member countries to put an end to gender-based violence. 

It’s time the EU moves from empty words to concrete actions. 

In this context, Greens/EFA is organising a high-level roundtable to bring together MEPs, Commission officials and representatives from civil society organisations and feminist movements. 

For more information about our work on ending gender-based violence, read more here!



15:00–15:15 Welcome and presentation of Greens/EFA campaign against GBV: A call for an inclusive and comprehensive directive (Terry Reintke, MEP, Greens/EFA)

15:15–15:30 Current state of play, upcoming plans and timeline for the directive (Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality)

15:30 – 16:20 Feminist round table: What is the added value of an EU directive on gender-based violence?

  • Dr. Lara Dimitrijevic, LL.D., founding partner at Sciberras Associates
  • Dr. Sylwia Spurek, MEP, Greens/EFA in the European Parliament
  • Magda Szarota, disability and human rights advocate, disability studies researcher
  • Xenia Kellner, co-founder, advocacy & policy coordinator, Young Feminist Europe

16.20 Closing words: Diana Riba i Giner, MEP, Greens/EFA in the European Parliament

16:30 Thank you, goodbye





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