International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year, I ask you to join the campaign: 




November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here are some stark facts that show just how important it is that we act together for equal opportunities for all.


It is estimated that 1 in 3 women in the world will be affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence during her lifetime.  Meanwhile, the current financial crisis has disproportionately affected women across Europe and beyond, with cuts in vital services such as refuges, and legal aid and the closure of Sure Start Centres.  Delegates at the Rome conference discussed how best to speed up progress on a range of crucial issues affecting the lives of women and girls around the world including improving political representation, women on boards, implementation of anti-trafficking legislation, and closing the gender pay and pension gap.


Today, with colleagues from the S&D group I will hold the White Ribbon Action at the European Parliament in Strasbourg by wearing the ribbon and signing a pledge card.


I encourage all of you to join our action online by:

  • Sharing your picture wearing a white ribbon on your social media.
  • Joining us on Facebook and sharing our messages, Zita Gurmai’s EN video message (FR).
  • Updating your Facebook cover with the above Banner or e-card.
  • Following us on Twitter @PES_Women,  #stopviolenceagainstwomennow, #vaw, #whiteribbon.

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