Comunicato stampa

Violence against women and girls: EPP Group wants zero tolerance

Strasburgo
, 12.09.2017 - 13:11
Fist of anger man and crying woman sitting. Domestic violence

"The time has come to move from words to action! Too many women and girls are still being harassed, abused and raped in Europe in public places, at home and now even on social media. It is time to give a voice to those women and girls to break the vicious circle of silence and fear and shift the guilt from the victims to the perpetrators. The accession of the EU to this text will strengthen the legal framework to prevent violence, combat impunity and protect women and girls”, declared Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP, Rapporteur on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention, adopted today with a large consensus at the European Parliament’s plenary in Strasbourg.

The Istanbul Convention obliges countries to improve the protection of the victims of violence and condemn the perpetrators. It also paves the way to criminalising violence against women (physical or psychological), reinforce police powers to keep attackers away from their home, and make shelters available for the victims. The Report welcomes the EU’s signing of the Istanbul Convention but regrets that it is restricted to only two areas of full EU competence: judicial and police cooperation in criminal law, asylum and non-refoulement. The Report also addresses a set of recommendations to the Council, the Commission and Member States to cover the prevention of violence, the fight against discrimination, or criminal law measures to combat impunity.

"It is our duty to protect innocent victims and I find it unacceptable that only fourteen EU Member States have ratified the Convention so far. Indeed, I reiterate the European Parliament’s call to the Commission, together with the Council of Europe, to open a dialogue with the Member States to ratify the Convention and to support a broader EU accession in the Council. I also call on the Institutions to encourage Member States to share updated data on violence against women with Eurostat. It is an important tool that could be used to save the lives of many women and girls", said Barbara Matera MEP, EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur in the Civil Liberties Committee.

"We need to join forces to combat stereotypes and sexism against women and girls. Religion, tradition or culture can never justify men's violence against women. It's about empowering women and girls and promote gender equality in our societies. The EPP Group will continue to be committed to zero tolerance for violence against women and girls", concluded Corazza Bildt.

Nota agli editori

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt will hold a press conference on the subject this afternoon at 15.00 hrs, Room LOW N-1/201, European Parliament, Strasbourg

Il Gruppo PPE è il più grande gruppo politico al Parlamento Europeo con 216 deputati provenienti da 27 Stati membri

Contatti del deputato

-
Anna Maria CORAZZA BILDT
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175128 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179128
E-mail: annamaria.corazzabildt@europarl.europa.eu
-
Barbara MATERA
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175236 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179236
E-mail: barbara.matera@europarl.europa.eu

Contatti stampa

Jean-Luc Feixa
French press
Phone: + 32 477 680 090
Lina Stenlund
Swedish press; Communications Strategy; Afghanistan
Phone: +32 485 911 164
Manuela Conte
Ex membro del personale
Italian press

Ultime news

High voltage post
21.02.2018 - 11:43

Creating a true EU electricity market to benefit consumers

“We want to do away with heavy state subsidies and instead let the market do the job of supplying industries and households with affordable and...
Boosting Europe’s defence capabilities
21.02.2018 - 10:45

Boosting Europe’s defence capabilities

The European Parliament approved a proposal to set up an EU fund to help the defence industry across the EU develop defence capabilities to protect...
Black quadcopter drone in sky
21.02.2018 - 10:33

EU kicks off defence industry investments with 500 million

“Increased EU cooperation in the defence industry will strengthen the competitiveness of the EU defence industry on a global scale. It will...
Albania in EU
14.02.2018 - 15:07

EPP MEPs in Albania: joint efforts required from all political parties on EU prospects

Albania has progressed and showed political commitment to EU-related reforms - this is one of the conclusions of the EU-Albania Stabilisation and...

Questa settimana

19.02.2018 - 23.02.2018
Business finance chart and Euro banknotes

Voting on post-2020 EU expenditure and revenue

The Budgets Committee will vote on Thursday on Parliament's position on the EU's post-2020 seven-year budget (Multi-Annual Financial...
EUROCORPS' soldiers do a military simulation on the ground with chariot, trucks, guns, weapons and some wounded soldiers

Stronger industrial cooperation on defence

Europe needs stronger and better cooperation in the field of defence. The pan-EU cooperation on an industrial defence programme is an important step...
High voltage post

Making the internal market for electricity work for consumers and industry

The way the electricity markets work inside the EU needs an overhaul to increase the supply of affordable and secure energy across EU borders. The...
Christian Nielsen