On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on November 25th, ELIAMEP publishes a Policy brief by Dr. Triantafyllos Karatrantos, Research Fellow.

  • According to the UN, 35% of women worldwide have suffered domestic or sexual violence.
  • According to the EU, one in ten women has been subjected to online sexual harassment since the age of 15.
  • During the pandemic and especially during the restrictive measures phase, calls to victim support lines increased fivefold.
  • A very significant number of incidents are not reported.
  • The woman, the child, the elderly, the vulnerable seek protection in the family, not exploitation and violence.
  • The elimination of violence against women, but also violence in general, is primarily a matter of culture.·        The change of culture needs the cooperation of all actors, public and private.
  • States and societies must become the voice of the victims.
  • In modern national security states there can be no such separation between low and high intensity violence.
  • Prevention of violence requires a political, operational and social chain of coordination.
  • Prevention is not a narrow state affair; it is a key dynamic of a healthy and participatory civil society.

You may read the Policy brief here (in Greek).