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.