Fighting violence against women
2020: Stop the invisible pandemic
On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, PES Women is joining UN Women and the international community in starting the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an uncertain time for all of society. But for many women, lockdown and confinement have also cast another shadow, that of increased gender-based violence. It is not a new phenomenon, but the COVID-19 crisis has aggravated an already unacceptable problem.
That is why we are asking you to “see the pandemic behind the pandemic”. We reiterate our call to end all forms of gender-based violence and to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention, which offers the most comprehensive legal framework to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence.
In the 16 days following the International Day to end violence against women, we will #OrangetheWorld to call for:
- Gender budgeting and making funding available to support health and social services
- adequate police and judicial responses, with a priority on preventive measures
- improved data collection to assess and respond to the issue more effectively
- a changed narrative to end victim-blaming and shift the focus onto the offenders
- full ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention by all EU Member States
Our message on 25 November and for the rest of the year is clear: gender-based violence can no longer be tolerated and every country should make ending violence against women a priority.
On 8 December, PES Women will host an online conference together with politicians, civil society and experts to put forward effective solutions. Stay tuned and join us in ending violence against women.
2019: Stop online violence against women
This year, PES Women is launching the campaign "Notorious Anti-Violence" to address online violence and harassment.
Check all the campaign videos here.
Online violence through social media is an everyday experience for women and girls. In Europe, 9 million girls have experienced some kind of cyber violence by the time they are 15 years old. Globally, women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online. This is not acceptable. It never has been.
If we do nothing, millions of women will continue to experience psychological, emotional and physical harm. This is a crisis. We cannot allow perpetrators to bully and silence women in online public spaces, to lure women into violent situations, drive them to depression or even to self-harm because society has not acted to stop online violence against women.
PES Women says it is time to act.
- All of Europe must embrace, ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention – the first European multilateral legally binding agreement on curbing violence against women, including cyber violence and hate speech.
- A specific instrument focusing on cyber violence and hate speech online against women must be put in place at EU level.
- Social media giants must clamp down on gendered abuse – so often reported, and too often ignored.
- Governments must act – it is time every country focused on finding a solution by implementing concrete and binding legislation on ending online violence against women and girls.
Agree? Help us. SHARE our Notorious Anti-Violence video. Let’s raise awareness together.
The PES Women Annual Conference on 21 November 2019 is dedicated to combating online violence against women and girls. The title of the event is Breaking the Silence on Online Violence Against Women
2018: Violence against women is costing us our democracy
In 2018, PES Women raised awareness of violence against women in politics.
Almost half (46.9 per cent) of female MPs have received violent threats, including death threats or threats of rape or beating, and 40.5 per cent said they had been sexually harassed at work
Violence against women in politics encompasses all forms of physical and psychological violence, going from undermining women, mansplaining, online stalking and trolling, to harassment, aggression and assault. It affects women everywhere at every level. Political participation should never be punished. Yet, women who devote themselves to public service face this type of violence just for having a voice.
Ahead of the European elections of 2019, PES Women dedicated its Annual Conference to Fighting violence against women in politics.
2017: Sexual violence is just the tip of the iceberg
Under the slogan 'Only the tip of the iceberg', PES Women and the FEMM committee in the European Parliament organised a street action to highlight the fact that only a small part of the violence against women is visible.
Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence, harassment and other forms of violence. Unfortunately, we still need to remind society of the scale of gender-based violence and sexual harassment because it is often hidden.
Some 50 women and men joined the action and built a wall with the image of an iceberg in front of the European Parliament.
2016: Stop violence against women now!
PES Women, together with Young European Socialists (YES), Rainbow Rose and the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, mobilised for the 2016 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The joint action aimed at raising awareness of the need to act internationally, with the demand that the Istanbul Convention is ratified by all the Member States and the European Union.
During the action, artists read out poetic texts, accompanied by music. Activists and members of the public joined them with their own texts and signed a board to the attention of Commissioner Jourova in order to raise her attention to the urgency of violence against women.