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33% of all women in Europe have suffered from violence - the EU must act now says Alex Mayer MEP

Labour MEPs, as part of the Socialist and Democrat group, today secured a strong majority for a resolution calling on the EU to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women, otherwise known as ‘The Istanbul Convention’.

The resolution also calls on the EU to step up its actions on combatting violence against women through the adoption of an EU law. The aim would be to strengthen the European response in addition to classifying violence against women as a particularly serious crime within the EU treaties.

Alex Mayer, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the East of England said “There is real anger about the fact that only half of EU member states have ratified the Istanbul Convention. Violence against women and girls is a blight on Europe and the entire world.

“A third of all women in Europe have suffered physical or sexual violence, action is long overdue. Eradicating violence against women has always been a Labour priority and we are happy about the broad support this resolution received.

“In a society, where women, fifty per cent of the population, are at constant risk of being victims of gender-based violence, it is imperative that everyone take responsibility and work to eliminate this injustice. It is crucial that we have European directive against gender-based violence.”

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