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All forms of violence against women and girls must stop - experts say on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 29, 2021

Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the UN and regional experts, including members of the Platform of independent expert mechanisms on the Elimination of Discrimination and Violence against Women (EDVAW Platform), have issued a joint statement calling on States to exercise due diligence and to fight pushbacks on gender equality.

The statement not only acknowledges that women and girls everywhere continue to be subjected to multiple forms of gender-based violence but that the spaces where this violence takes place have also multiplied. Encouraged by anonymity and automation, online and technology-facilitated violence against women is pervasive and many forms of violence occurring offline are replicated, and even intensified, through digital means. To address this phenomenon, the Council of Europe Expert Group on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) published the General Recommendation No.1 on the digital dimension of violence against women.

Intersecting forms of discrimination not only aggravate the intensity and frequency of violence but also sharpen the impunity that exists against it and increase societal and individual readiness to allow it. Experts underline that women and girls the world over are still at risk of being killed and subject to violence, intimidation and harassment when they speak out just for being women and girls, even though they represent half of the world’s population.

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