On the occasion of her contry mission to the United Kingdom, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo issued a press release on April 15, 2014. Her statement underlines several points of importance, and "calls for urgent action to address the accountability deficit and also the adverse impacts of changes in funding and services".
With only two ratifications left to the Istanbul Convention finally implemented at the European level, WAVE, together with the Austrian Women's Shelter Network AÖF, has developed a series of postcards containing messages to support the implementation of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, and domestic violence, and insisting on the fact that it is a States' obligation to ensure women's right to safety and security.
WAVE Focal Point in England Women's Aid recently published a report titled 'Women's Access to Justice: from reporting to sentencing', together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic and Sexual Violence, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers working to combat domestic and sexual violence, highlight arising issues and contribute to the development of policies.
The report aims to highlight key issues related to access to justice for women survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the United Kingdom, and to provide recommendations for change.
Held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 10-21, 2014, the 58th edition of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) gathered this year again a large number of civil society organizations, this time around the priority theme "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls".
The European Women's Lobby (EWL) is leading the campaign 'Make My Year! 2016. Act now to end violence agains women in Europe', calling on the current and future presidents of the European Commission to make of 2016 a European Year to end violence against women and girls.
On 5th of March 2014, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the European Union will be presenting the results of the "most far reaching" survey on violence agaisnt women in the Europen Union: 42,000 women were interviewed on their experience of physical, sexual and psychological violence.
A few months ago, the ‘Coordinated Efforts – Toward new European standards in protection of women from gender-based violence’ project was launched, led in cooperation with three WAVE Focal Points from two Western Balkan States (Macedonia and Serbia) and Slovenia, one organization from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one organization from Croatia, and with the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) as an associate partner.
At the occasion of the One Billion Rising for Justice 2014 campaing, and to support the 1 in 3 women victims of violence accross the world, the Austrian Women's Shelter Network (Verein Autonome Österreichische Frauenhäuser AÖF) in Vienna has produced the song 'Why?'.
On 5th March, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will launch its new survey. The findings of the world’s largest survey on violence against women will be presented during a conference entitled “Violence against women across the EU: Abuse at home, work, in public and online”, that will take place at the Council of the European Union in Brussels. Hosted by FRA and the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU, the conference will bring together about 250 representatives from EU institutions and bodies, international organisations, national governments and parliaments, national human rights bodies and civil society.
On January 26, 2014, the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles. Each year, the ceremony rewards music artists that have 'marked' the year. This year, Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' has been nominated for three awards: Record of the year; Best Pop/Duo Group Performance; and Best Pop Vocal Album. The song has generated important reactions across the world for its content that tolerates and promotes the rape culture in a way never seen before.
Because rape should never be tolerated, still less become a subject of mockery in songs, boycott the Grammy awards ceremony on January 26th! Do not watch the show on TV or online, do not watch re-runs or internet clips.