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.
On 11-12 June, FRA presented its work on violence against women at a conference organised by the Regional Government of Murcia, Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, and the EEA Grants.
One year since the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of its groundbreaking survey on combating violence against women, concerted action is still needed to help make it happen, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day.
One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an adult in their childhood, according to the results of FRA’s survey on violence against women published last March. This translates to roughly 61 million women in the EU. Such levels of abuse underline the need for the EU to renew their efforts to address the widespread and under-reported abuse that girls are exposed to.