FIGHTING FOR

THE END OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

WE WANT TO FEEL SAFE

We all want to feel safe. To wear whatever we want without getting attacked. To walk fearlessly in the streets alone at night. We want a world free of violence, especially of violence that’s triggered just because of your gender identity or expression, or because of who you are.

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE- A SHADOW PANDEMIC?

Gender-based violence is a human rights violation that affects 1 out of 3 Europeans.

Plus, the COVID lockdown measures have made the pre-existing problems even worse.

Cases of gender-based physical, psychological and sexual violence have increased across Europe, in what the United Nations has called a “shadow pandemic”.

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HOW CAN WE END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE?

The European Commission has the power to draft a law that would oblige European governments to put an end to this form of violence.

We need to convince the European Commission to propose a comprehensive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline, across the whole EU.

OUR DEMANDS

We want to put an end to this systematic form of violence by:

  • Adopting a comprehensive, inclusive EU directive against gender-based violence
  • Supporting civil society activists throughout Europe in their pursuit for a feminist future

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©Gayatri Malhotra
Abortion Rights Protest
Opinion |

Roe v Wade - How the US Supreme Court ruling affects abortion rights in Europe

Terry Reintke
Opinion by Terry Reintke
Could our abortion rights in Europe also be stripped away soon? What do we know about the backlash on sexual and reproductive rights and health in Europe? And what can we do to defend abortion rights across the world?
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European Union
Hemicycle European Parliament Strasbourg
News |

Plenary Flash - 4-7 July 2022

On the agenda for the plenary session: Not our Taxonomy, the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act, the state of abortion rights, Alice Bah Kuhnke's report on intersectionality, minimum tax, windfall tax, Viola von Cramon's report on Kosovo, and sustainable aviation.
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Press release |

Women fleeing Ukraine must get access to SRHR including abortions

Today, Members of the European Parliament are expected to show strong support for women impacted by the war in Ukraine. In recent weeks, there have been a growing number of unofficial reports from survivors and intelligence reports about rape, sexual harassment, and torture being increasingly used by the Russian army as a weapon of war ag…
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Two people hugging / CC0 duncan-shaffer
Opinion |

Only yes means yes! A new EU law on gender-based violence brings us closer to a feminist Europe

Terry Reintke
Opinion by Terry Reintke
This is a defining moment for equality in Europe. For the first time ever, there is a draft EU law to combat gender-based violence (GBV).
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©melodie-descoubes
Protest against gender based violence
Policy Paper |

Greens/EFA and Ministers welcome Historic EU Directive proposal to stop gender-based violence

We welcome the proposal as a unique opportunity to pave the way to a feminist Europe by committing the Member States to take ambitious and binding actions towards ending gender-based violence in Europe.
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©jiroe
Rainbow heart
Press release |

EU must use momentum of new Directive to combat all forms of gender based violence

The European Commission is expected to present its proposal for a Gender Based Violence Directive. This proposal will mark a huge step forward in the efforts to eradicate gender based violence. The Greens/EFA have long called for the Commission to put forward a directive that puts an end to all forms of gender based violence.
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GreensEFA
Signal for help video thumbnail
Video |

Signal for help - We need a law against gender-based violence now!

This year the signal for help for victims of violence went viral on TikTok, saving at least one kidnapped girl’s life. It has become a universal signal as a call for help and to escape gender-based violence. But we cannot rely on hand signals to save young girls and women from violence against them.
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Press release |

Government’s attacks on women’s rights has deadly consequences

The European Parliament has voted in favour of standing in solidarity with the thousands and thousands of Polish citizens who, last week, took to the streets in protest against draconian Polish abortion laws. The restrictive law is just one year old but it has already cost at least two women's lives.
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©rad-pozniakov
Womens rights protest
Press release |

Europe must protect women and children from male violence

EFA MEP and member of the European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Diana Riba, has welcomed a vote in the Parliament backing calls for greater action to tackle intimate partner violence. The report was adopted today with 510 votes in favour, 31 against and 141 abste...
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Opinion |

Show us the money! Here’s how pay transparency can close the gender pay gap

Kira Peter-Hansen
Opinion by Kira Peter-Hansen
Equal pay for equal work has been a feminist goal for decades, but how can we know what we’re achieving if companies can keep pay packets a secret? Right now, the European Parliament is taking great strides towards gender equality by demanding full pay transparency – and the Greens/EFA are leading the way.