Twelve civil society organisations and networks, including LSI, published a joint position on the proposed EU Violence against Women Directive. The organisations welcome the proposal and make ten recommendations for the inter-institutional negotiations in several areas. These include:
- intersectional discrimination: to recognise sex and gender as grounds for violence against women and domestic violence. To pay special attention to certain groups, such as LBTIQ+ women, women sex workers, and undocumented women.
- criminal offences: to include a consent-based definition of rape, as well as the offences of intersex genital mutilation, forced sterilisation, forced marriage, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
- victim protection and access to justice: to introduce safe reporting mechanisms for victims and improve access to compensation.
- victim support: to guarantee access to both general and specialist services for victims, including child victims. To guarantee access to comprehensive medical care including sexual and reproductive health.
- prevention: to ensure widespread prevention measures, including comprehensive sexuality education.
Read the full position here.