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November 30, 2022

21 diplomatic missions in Romania sign joint statement on violence against women: Change begins with each of us!

In the run up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, we join initiatives taken around the globe to create awareness of this worldwide problem. Victims/survivors’ rights should be at the center of all measures. The work of civil society should be encouraged and supported, reads a joint diplomatic statement signed by 21 embassies and representatives of international institutions in Bucharest.

“Violence against women and girls happens in all countries and at all levels of society.  It is a fundamental human rights responsibility of every state to protect against such violence. It is not a private matter.

The Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence requires state parties to implement comprehensive and coordinated policies against such violence,” the statement shows.

“By supporting the public assembly “Together for women’s safety!”, we show our solidarity with every woman and girl who has suffered violence,” say the signatories  of the statement.

The event will take place 23 October 2022 starting 15.00 in Bucharest on the following route: University Square (Fountain area) – Victory Square.

The event is organized by the Network for Prevention and Combating Violence against Women (VIF), which comprises 25 non-governmental organizations involved in promoting women’s rights, protecting victims/survivors of gender-based violence and combating gender discrimination.

VIF will focus its awareness-raising efforts on victims/survivors of gender-based violence.  Shelters for victims/survivors and accessible social, psychological, and legal counseling services are among the most effective actions that states take to support victims/survivors.

Change begins with each of us!

The statement is signed by the diplomatic missions of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, European Commission, Finland , France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States and United Kingdom .



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