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Attacks against women: MEPs call for zero tolerance

04-02-2016
Stop sign and image of woman hiding from attack
Stop sign and image of woman hiding from attack

MEPs debated the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on Wednesday evening, with Commissioner Corina Crețu. Everything possible must be done to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice, regardless of their culture or origin, they insisted.

However, some members also pointed out that violence against women is not a new phenomenon in the EU or one that necessarily comes from abroad.

MEPs reiterated their call for an EU directive on combating violence against women, as requested by Parliament in 2014. They claimed that little progress has been made in eliminating violence against women and call on EU member states to ratify the Istanbul Convention as soon as possible. Sixteen out of 28 member states have not yet ratify it.

They also called for more effort to be put into integrating migrants through education and urged that everyone, regardless of their culture or origin, should be encouraged to respect European values.

Watch the recorded debate on ending sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces on EP Live or EbS+.

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