Geweld tegen Vrouwen

Atria – 13 januari 2016 – Het debat over de aanrandingen in Duitse steden bepaalde de afgelopen weken de media. Inmiddels zijn ruim 500 aangiften door vrouwen gedaan van beroving en/of seksuele intimidatie. Door nadruk te leggen op de etnische afkomst van de vermoedelijke daders, krijgt de discussie echter een andere lading: het seksuele geweld verandert in een vluchtelingenprobleem.
Seksueel geweld is echter een maatschappelijk probleem dat wereldwijd plaatsvindt, ongeacht afkomst.

Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation – FGM – from Europe

UNICEF estimates that more than 125 million girls and women around the world have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice which consists in the partial or total removal of female genitalia for nonmedical purposes.

During recent years, FGM has gained considerable attention in the EU, with the European Parliament estimating that 500,000 girls and women living in Europe have been subjected to FGM while 180,000 are at risk every year.

The Istanbul Convention appears as the first European Treaty specifically devoted to specifically addressing violence against women, including female genital mutilation.
Set in 2014, the Istanbul Convention obliges States Parties to accelerate preventive measures to protect and support FGM affected women and girls.
Symposium on Wednesday 27 January 2016 in Brussels.
For information, click here

Orange DayBelgium_GrandPlace 24-11-2015

Iedere 25-ste van de maand staan belangrijke gebouwen in veel landen in het oranje licht, als protest tegen het Geweld tegen Vrouwen. Zoals hier het Grand Palace in Brussel.
We wachten nog steeds op een oranje Torentje in Den Haag! Maar misschien moeten we naar Amsterdam of Rotterdam?


Femicide – October 2015 – IAW will organise a side event on Femicide during the Commision on the Status of Women in March 2016.

September 2015 – Introduction by IAW President Joanna Manganara

Dear All,
Last year, a group of members of the Board decided that we had to do something about the increase across many countries of brutal attacks against women which surpass in barbarity the regrettably familiar incidents of rape and murder.
It appears that in many of these cases the state and its administrators are not concerned and on occasions culpable. We decided to send a letter to the President of the Human Rights Council in which we asked him to give femicide the urgency it deserves and discuss it during the 26th and if not possible give it priority in the 27th session of the Human Rights Council. Lyda Verstegen handed this letter to the office of the President of the HRC.Joanna-at-UN-ECE-NGO-Forum-248x300

Defining Femicide

Femicide (sometimes referred to also as feminicide or gender-related killing) is specifically defined as the killing of a woman because she is a woman, or the killing of a girl because she is a girl.

Femicide, according to the UN, is the extreme and ultimate manifestation of existing forms of violence against women in patriarchal societies.

Crimes of this kind reinforce the idea that women are sexual objects and belong to men.

For a case to be considered femicide, there must be an implied intention to carry out the crime, as well as a demonstrated connection between the crime and the gender of the victim.

“Femicide” was proposed as an alternative to the gender-neutral term of homicide which overlooks the realities of inequality and systematic violence against women.
Femicides are also sometimes referred to as “crimes of passion” (predominantly in the European context), “honour killings” (mostly in the Middle East) or gendercide.

The global extent of femicide is estimated at approximately 66,000 victims per year for the period between 2004 and 2009. This represents about almost one-fifth of all homicide victims for an average year.

Violence against women is institutionalized to lesser or larger extents through family structures, social and economic frameworks, and cultural and religious traditions.
Read more: President’s Newsletter – Femicide

Geweld tegen Vrouwen – Banning of Small Arms

Mei 2015 – Tijdens de Algemene Vergadering van de Europese Vrouwen Lobby is, bijna unaniem, een motie aangenomen over Banning of Small Arms, opgesteld door de International Alliance of Women en gesteund door vrouwenorganisaties uit Griekenland, Nederland, Hongarije, Tsjechië en Malta.

Small arms like knives (which are classified as small arms), pistols and rifles are easy to buy and conceal. They give a sense of power to a partner, ex-partner, family member or acquaintance and are great threats to the safety of women and girls. Preventive measures saves states and civil society a great deal of money!

Lees meer op de Engelse pagina !
Met felicitaties voor voor Arina Angerman en Marion Minis!