European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

ILGA-Europe's contribution to the consultation on the EU strategy for combating violence against women 2011-2015

ILGA-Europe's contribution to the consultation on the EU strategy for combating violence against women 2011-2015

The key ILGA-Europe recommendations related to the EU strategy to combat
violence against women are:

  • Adoption of effective legal measures to counter gender-based violence and crimes that impact on other vulnerable groups, building upon the foundation set by the Framework Decision on Combating Racism and Xenophobia as a Crime;
  • Place male violence against women as a core focus of the strategy, while also addressing all gender-based violence by tackling violence motivated by an intersection of various grounds, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
  • Cover men who may fall victims of violence due to their gender non-conformity and/or gender reassignment; as well as all other persons whose gender expression may not meet the social expectations for the gender assigned to them at birth with regard to dress, behaviour and mannerisms;
  • Map and build upon existing strategies implemented at local, national, and European levels, in order to promote relevant guidelines and good practices in areas such as awareness raising, education, combating hate incidents, and investigation and judicial proceedings; and
  • Inclusion of strategic measures to proactively combat gender stereotypes and counter patterns of patriarchy, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, as well as gendernormativity and heteronormativity