A draft motion for the resolution to end violence against women will appear before the European Parliament this week.
As the motion states, violence against women remains a serious global issue, “violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious, global, structural human rights violations, and is a phenomenon that involves victims and perpetrators of all ages, educational backgrounds, incomes and social positions, and is both a consequence and a cause of inequality between women and men.”
The motion seeks international cooperation to address the issue and highlights the importance of United Nations policy in helping to eliminate all forms of violence against women.
The motion also rightly highlights the importance of local NGOs, women’s shelters advocacy groups and other support structures which are “essential to make progress in eradicating violence against women and gender based violence.”
I hope the UK Coalition Government pays attention to this; cutting funding for essential services will have the opposite effect to actually supporting some of the most vulnerable people who rely on services to overcome their distressing situations.
It is important that all parties concerned buy into this, at a local, national, European, and global level, because without all the actors playing their part it will be difficult to achieve this ambitious goal.
The plans will be discussed at the UN between the 4-15 March when it will adopt a set of forward looking agreed conclusions that will contribute in a significant way to end violence against women and girls.
Ultimately we all have duty to participate and support this action.