Three countries, three examples of gender-based violence in Europe. How we react to it as a society and how we can change in dealing with this imminent issue in a sustainable and respectful way.
Minerva, Maria and Patria Mirabal: Three sisters who fought the dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic and were killed for it in 1960.
Germany has not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention but is reforming the law governing sexual offences following intense public pressure. However, it appears that the principle “No means no” will still not reign in Germany in the future.
Poles do not want to know: One of the fundamental issues surrounding violence against women in Poland is a lack of sensitivity combined with a general aversion to the subject.
Sexual violence against women is one of the most harmful forms of gender-based violence. In Croatia, it is the most problematic form of violence because it is one of the least recognised and least reported crimes.
39% of Latvian women have suffered from violence and at least 115 women endure violence daily in Latvia. Overall, Latvian society remains pretty conservative on gender issues and excuses violence against women. The question is – why?
Research shows that every second woman in Serbia suffers at least one form of violence in her lifetime. What is the legal framework prohibiting violence against women in Serbia? Why don’t victims leave their abusers? What is the activism of women’s organisations? An overview.
Was she walking alone through dark and isolated street late at night? Was she dressed provocatively? Was she drunk? Was she flirting? Is she known for having many sexual partners in the past? “Then she was asking for it”, thinks one third of Czech society.
More than 45 women have been murdered in Spain this year by their current or former partner, a figure which is met with inaction by the majority of its people and government. Therefore, Spanish women will take to the streets on 7 November for a national demonstration against gender-based violence.
Roughly 2.5 million women in Spain have personally experienced male chauvinistic violence. The Spanish Feminist Movement has therefore organised a nationwide march to take place on November 7 in Madrid.