Roma women have long been held back by inequalities, poverty, dire living conditions and a lack of opportunities, says the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on International Women’s Day on 8 March.
The Agency highlighted its work on violence against women and other vulnerable groups – which include women/girls – in relation to the asylum crisis during Maltese Presidency event on ‘EU Responses to Gender-Based Violence – an Intersectional Perspective.
The migration crisis is placing large numbers of women and girls at risk of violence, according to a growing body of evidence. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights calls for concerted efforts to help end the additional suffering that compounds the trauma many face throughout the migration route as they flee turmoil and persecution in their home countries.
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) developed a measurement framework of violence against women in the EU as part of EIGE’s Gender Equality Index to support the EU and its Member States to monitor progress in combating violence against women.
On 10 November in Strasbourg, the Agency presented its work on gender-based violence to the Council of Europe’s expert body (GREVIO) responsible for monitoring implementation of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.