EU Guidelines on Violence Against Women and Girls and Combating all Forms of Discrimination Against Them
|Title||EU Guidelines on Violence Against Women and Girls and Combating all Forms of Discrimination Against Them|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Paper presented by the Council of the European Union|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Number of Pages||19 pp.|
|Publisher||Council of the European Union|
In November 2008, the Council of the European Union approved the guidelines on violence against women and combating all forms of discrimination against them. In this document, the objectives are defined as follows:"The adoption of guidelines on violence against women and girls is a mark of the EU's clear political will to treat the subject of women's rights as a priority and to take long-term action in that field. In focusing on the issue of violence against women and girls, the EU will be taking effective action against one of the major human rights violations of today's world.These guidelines are based on a solid multilateral acquis, the most recent milestones of which are the UN Secretary-General's in-depth study on all forms of violence against women (2006), the work on indicators on violence carried out by Ms Yakin Ertük, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2008), UN resolution 61/143 on intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women (2006) and UN Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008) on women, peace and security, as well as resolution 2005/2215 of the European Parliament on the situation of women in armed conflicts and their role in the reconstruction and the democratic process in countries after a conflict, the relevant articles of the Conventions on human rights and international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court.The guidelines are also intended to encourage the implementation of a greater number of specific projects aimed at women and girls, financed by, inter alia, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, but also by any other appropriate financial instrument of the EU and the Member States.The adoption of these guidelines is a clear reaffirmation of the universality of human rights." The guidelines can be downloaded via the link below.