Gender-based violence against women

SPEECH MS SIRKKA-LIISA ANTTILA, FINLAND, ALDE

REPORT ON THE PROTECTING REFUGEE WOMEN FROM GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

WEDNESDAY 26.4.2017

Mr. President, dear colleagues,

I would like to thank the Rapporteur Ms. Wurm for her excellent report and for her presentation on this highly important and topical matter. Given the opportunity I would like to raise a few important points related to the topic.

Violence against women and girls remains to be one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. There is no social, economic or national boundaries to it. In fact, it has been estimated that one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Still there is a culture of silence around it.

Violence against women is an expression of power inequalities between women and men. There is various forms of violence as it is been pointed out in the report by Ms. Wurm. Whether we consider direct or in-direct violence, it is always used as a tool to control women and restrict their free will. Gender-based violence without no doubt undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims.

There is increasing evidence that gender-based violence is a major issue for migrant women and girls as Ms. Wurm points out in her report. Sexual and gender-based violence is identified as both a reason why refugees and migrants are leaving countries of origin and reality along the refugee and migration route. Despite the evidence, protecting women has not arisen as a priority in the management of the refugee crisis. This needs to be changed.

In order to protect women we need concrete measures both preventative and educational as well as post-trauma medical and psychological support and care. I also agree with Ms. Wurm that there can no longer be any delays with the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention.

Thank You.

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