The European Commission in a joint statement on Thursday called for putting an end to violence against women and girls in the European Union or anywhere in the world.
The statement revealed that one in three women in the EU experiences some form of gender-based violence while around 25 per cent experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner from the age of 15.
Besides, it said women and girls are particularly vulnerable in the situations of conflict and emergency, when violence, extortion, trafficking, exploitation and many forms of gender-based violence escalate globally.
The statement was made ahead of the 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women', to be observed worldwide today (November 25).
The signatories to the statement were European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics, and Commissioner for Security Union Julian King.
According to the statement, women and girls, throughout the world including the EU are still being beaten at home, sexually and economically exploited, assaulted on the streets or at work, harassed online or while playing sports, raped, mutilated, or forced to marry.
The signatories observed, "Together we must challenge this and the stereotypes that undermine women's voices and show that violence against women is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by anyone."
To put an end to violence against women, European Commission has allocated €10 million to support grassroots efforts to prevent gender-based violence and support its victims in the EU.
The statement added the EU's humanitarian projects related to gender-based violence will reach almost 3.4 million women, girls, boys and men around the world, and in 2017, the commission will provide specific support to victims of violence especially in the most remote and fragile areas.
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