“Every day, 137 women are killed by a member of their family. And less than 40% of the women experiencing violence seek help, according to UN Women. This is not normal. It has to end” said Congress Rapporteur Jelena Drenjanin, on 24 November 2021, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Underlining that, amidst the Covid-19 crisis, the Shadow Pandemic of domestic violence against women had grown exponentially, Jelena Drenjanin drew attention to the four pillars of the Istanbul Convention: prevention, protection, prosecution and co-ordinated policies and the need to make a collective effort to stop this violence.
“Attacks against women also take place in the public sphere” she noted. The Congress report on fighting sexist violence against women in politics at regional and local level, published in 2020, highlights the increase of insults and attacks notably via social media against women who become visible in the political arena and invites local authorities and the governments to take measures prohibiting sexist behaviour and speech in their assemblies.
“On this day, we must reflect and look at the numbers. This could happen to any woman. Violence against women knows no colour, class or identity. The time to act is now. We need to renew our pledge to uphold women’s rights. We must come together, cooperate, and create synergies. Starting at the local level” she concluded.