Local & Regional authorities engaged in the fight of violence against women

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Paris, 25th November 2014 – On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked as a day against gender-based violence by activists since 1981, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) reaffirms that women’s rights and women’s security constitute one of its top priorities, and calls political decision-makers at the local, national and international level to increase efforts to guarantee those rights & campaign for greater safety.

For the past 25 years, Efus and its members have led a great number of initiatives and programmes aimed at improving the living conditions of women and their security in urban environments. Efus consistently campaigns among the general public and institutions about the need to guarantee full equality of rights. These principles are stated in the Efus Manifesto of Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis (2012), and guide its work in the areas of violence against women, urban security, and sexual exploitation, to name but a few.

Numerous Efus member cities and regions are taking the initiative in this area at a local government level, among them:
– the municipality of Setúbal (Portugal) recently organised a campaign against domestic violence involving demonstrations from the men and boys of that area against gender-based violence (see here),
– the city of Ravenna (Italy) implemented a project aimed at training local police officers and medical staff who assist victims of domestic violence (see here)
– the Generalitat of Catalonia (Spain) put in place an ongoing security and support programme for victims of gender and domestic violence (see here).

If you would like to read our work and the work of our international partners on this subject, click here.

For more information about the UN Women campaign on Violence against Women, please vitit the UN Women website