States at CELAC-EU Summit should do more to eradicate violence against women

Civil Society urges the Heads of State at the CELAC-EU Summit taking place at this moment in Brussels (10 and 11 June) to take effective measures to guarantee that progress is made in the eradication of violence against women.

Civil society organisations in Latin America and Europe are convinced that the eradication of violence against women and girls (VAW) in all its forms and, in particular, its most extreme manifestation, namely femicide / feminicide, requires that States must comply with the duty to exercise due diligence to ensure the rights of women.

One of the central issues in the bi-regional EU-CELAC dialogue on gender in the 2013 Santiago Summit was the struggle to eradicate violence against women and femicide or feminicide. This marked an important milestone for bi-regional cooperation; however, it has so far proved insufficient in the follow up by Heads of States after the Summit.

As noted in the Santiago Summit, dialogue should be strengthened through the participation of women’s and feminist organisations from both regions, who will share the progress made in each of their countries.

The declaration with recommendations is a result from the big conference on femicide / feminicide held in Brussels last week.

To read the full declaration: Declaration Conf femicide ENG (there is also a Spanish version available).


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