Violence Against Women – Our Response

Having marked the International Women’s Day this weekend, we take the opportunity to focus on violence against women in Europe – a violation of fundamental human rights which cuts across all levels of society.

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented the biggest survey ever conducted on violence against women earlier this week. It shows that an estimated 13 million women in the EU have experienced physical violence within the previous year, while around 3.7 million women had experienced sexual violence.

In recent years, the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union have all taken steps to address violence against women. Like the UK, Norway supports these efforts. In Europe alone, Norway contributes close to €25 million through the EEA and Norway Grants. In almost all the 15 beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe, combating domestic and gender-based violence is included as a specific area of support. We also have programmes which focus on supporting projects tackling the causes and deal with the consequences of violence against women. We support efforts to raise awareness about the issue so that women are not afraid to report their experiences of violence and so that perpetrators are confronted.

- The importance of this subject cannot be stressed enough. The International Women’s day is a good occasion to focus on these issues, says the Norwegian Ambassador in London, Kim Traavik.

Working in partnership
Norway and the UK are cooperating closely through the Council of Europe (CoE) which is involved in several programmes. Its Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence provides valuable recommendations, guidance and direction. In Norway, the Police, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Secretariat of the Shelter Movement are all involved in this work. Recently, we have also entered into partnership with FRA.

As a follow-up of the FRA study, we gathered our programme operators, donor partners and European stakeholders in Brussels this week to discuss how the survey findings and recommendations can be translated into concrete actions.

Read more:

Brochure on Norwegian Grants supported projects
FRA study
The webpage EEA and Norway Grants

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