Sexual harassment of women is not a new problem, even though it has emerged as a new issue since the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. On International Women’s Day, FRA joins the UN in calling for greater gender equality and points out that widespread harassment must be combated in order to make equality a reality in the workplace and elsewhere.
Following the violent attacks that took place on 31 December, FRA calls for action to combat the violence against women that the Agency’s research has shown is prevalent across all ages and walks of life throughout the EU.
Around 1 in 8 women have experienced sexual violence before they were 15, according to FRA research. Such widespread abuse points to the urgent need to renew efforts to tackle this pervasive problem, as the first-ever European day against child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation on 18 November helps remind us.
On 14 October, FRA took part in the final conference of the EU-funded ‘Pilot project for development of indicators to measure the implementation of the European Charter of women and men in local life’, organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) in Brussels.
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has developed a new training module on ‘Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation’ for EU and international protection case officers and policy/decision makers.
Record numbers of migrants died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2014. Member States should therefore consider offering more legal possibilities for people in need of international protection to enter the EU, as viable alternatives to risky irregular entry. This is one of the conclusions from this year’s Annual report which looks at developments across the EU in many areas over 2014.