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Webinar on “Ending violence against women and girls with disabilities in the European Union”
November 24 @ 10 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min
Women and girls with disabilities constitute 16% of the total population of women in the European Union, and 60% of the overall population of 100 million persons with disabilities. This corresponds to an estimated 60 million of women and girls with disabilities (equivalent to the total population of Italy).
Even before COVID-19, women and girls faced multiple forms of violence. Data show that, on average, they are 2 to 5 times more likely to face violence than other women and girls. In the EU, 34% of women with a health problem or a disability have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner in their lifetime.
Violence may include domestic and gender-based violence, institutional violence, forced sterilisation, contraception and abortion, and harassment, including sexual harassment.
Despites being more at risks of becoming victims of violence, women and girls with disabilities received limited support due to lack of awareness, accessibility, and reasonable accommodation. They also face barriers in accessing justice.
Several policies of the European Commission have the potential to combat and end violence against women and girls with disabilities, in particular the Gender Equality Strategy and Strategy for Victims’ Rights adopted earlier this year, and the EU Disability Strategy to be adopted in 2021.
The Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention is also a fundamental instrument to end gender based and domestic violence.
How can we ensure that women and girls with disabilities are included and have the opportunity to lead all initiatives to combat violence in the EU?
The webinar will aim to:
• Identify forms of violence faced by women and girls with disabilities
• Discuss with EU actors and partners, including EU institutions, agencies and women’s organisations, how to work together to end violence against women and girls with disabilities
The webinar will provide International Sign interpretation and captioning.