“Every day women in Europe continue to suffer from gender-based violence. This violates their basic fundamental rights,” said FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.
On 23 April the FRA informed members of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality about the scope, the aims and the timeline of the on-going EU-wide Violence against Women survey.
Equality is a core component of fundamental rights protection. Yet gender inequalities persist in today's society, and are often compounded by other forms of discrimination, preventing women from enjoying their full rights.
Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, who recently became Chairperson of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, visited the FRA to hear about FRA's work on access to justice, crime victimisation and its research methodology.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will be conducting in 2010-2011 an EU-wide survey on Violence against Women. The project will collect primary data on violence against women by interviewing a random sample of women across the EU. This data is necessary for the development at the EU, regional and national level of legislation and policies which are designed to tackle gender-based violence.