Ending Violence against women and girls in Europe – WAGGGS joins a call to action in the European Parliament

24 November 2011

Penelope Cooper
An EU strategy on violence against women which also ensures that girls are respected, safe, protected, included and heard: this was one of the recommendations which Penelope Cooper, Regional Director of the Europe Region proposed during a public hearing in the European Parliament chaired by Mikael Gustafsson, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. 


Public hearing in the European Parliament on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.  The seminar was organized to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.  The Europe Region WAGGGS, together with Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and representatives of the European Women’s Lobby and Women against Violence in Europe were invited to share their expertise and set out their recommendations towards the EU to ensure a Europe free from violence against women and girls.  MEPs Antigoni Papadopoulou and Kartika Liotard joined the call of the NGOs present for an overarching EU strategy and EU legislation with special measures linked to prevention, protection, prosecution and provision of services and the necessary resources to address all forms of violence against women. 

Say no to violenceFor WAGGGS it was an opportunity to once again raise the voice of girls and young women and call for actions to eradicate violence against women which also take account of the specific needs of girls.  Lakshmi Puri in her presentation also highlighted the essential contribution of youth organizations like WAGGGS who reach out to young people and who, through education and initiatives like our unique campaign “Stop the Violence,” can tackle the gender inequalities which are the underlying cause of violence against women and girls.

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