The European Union Delegations to Eastern partnership countries today joined the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women accompanied by the campaign ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’, calling for an end to violence against women.
“Violence against women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation”, sayd EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, in his statement ahead of 25 November. He added that domestic violence had been a ‘shadow pandemic’ already before COVID-19 broke out, and during the pandemic, cases of domestic violence have increased.
Borrell also paid attention to the fact that gender-based cyber violence is spreading fast: “A relatively new phenomenon is experienced by all women, though women visible in public life, such as journalists and politicians, experience gender-based cyber violence disproportionately often, which can affect democratic decision-making: they do not dare express political opinions due to fear of online targeting.”
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