The Agency presented its follow-up work to its 2014 survey on violence against women during a meeting on 19 October in Brussels of the European Network of Equality Bodies project on gender-based violence.
Women continue to be plagued by violence, harassment and hate in their daily lives. It affects women in all walks of life, online and off from the home to the workplace to the street. The ground-breaking 2014 survey from the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights revealed the scale and widespread abuse of women across the EU; the recent shocking allegations against the US film producer Harvey Weinstein has triggered further revelations of widespread abuse elsewhere. These additional examples form part of a long line of incidents that underline the urgent need to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women.
On 15 September, the Head of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department gave a plenary presentation on legal responses to gender-based violence at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Cardiff, UK.
The FRA Director met high-level officials in Sofia from 19 to 20 September to further strengthen the Agency’s cooperation with Bulgaria in light of the future Bulgarian EU Presidency that will start in January 2018.
Joanna Goodey, Head of Freedoms and Justice Department, was a panellist in the working session on combating gender-based violence at the 2nd OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference in Vienna on 12-13 June.
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.