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This evidence is needed by policy makers in order to formulate targeted policies to ensure better respect for fundamental rights throughout the EU, as well as by civil society organisations fighting discrimination and prejudice.

This year, FRA has issued a number of publications covering a number of fundamental rights topics. In March, the Agency published its highly praised report on Violence against Women, which was based on interviews with more than 42,000 women in all EU Member States, and which found that a third of all women had experienced some form of gender-based violence at the hands of a partner or stranger since the age of 15. FRA has also launched three handbooks, on data protection, asylum law, and guardianship for children deprived of parental care respectively. In June, the Agency published its annual round-up of key developments in fundamental rights over the previous year.

In April, the Agency held its annual meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform, which brought together more than 200 civil society organisations. Still to come this year is the inaugural meeting of the Hate Crime Working Party, which will bring Member States together to exchange good practices and search for ways to combat hate crime in the EU, as well as FRA’s flagship Fundamental Rights Conference. The conference, which will take place in November under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will focus on migration and the necessity for a fundamental-rights based approach to migration and asylum policy.

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