EP wants to designate 2016 European year to fight violence against women

Vilija Blinkevičiūtė
Vilija Blinkevičiūtė DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

Members of the European Parliament are currently collecting votes needed for the proposal. If the idea is supported by more than a half of MEPs, then the European Commission will have to respond to the initiative.

According to statistics, in Europe every third female over 15 years old suffers gender-based violence. Meanwhile, seven women die in Europe every day due to violence.

It is estimated that violence is a detriment to the whole society, thus the European Commission is encouraged to put forward a directive on combating violence against women. Its provisions should be transposed into national law by all EU Member States.

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