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Regions at the forefront of a Union of Equality

A Seminar organized by CPMR and hosted by the Region of Tuscany (Italy) to address the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating violence against women and domestic violence and create a platform to exchange about Gender Justice actions promoted by European Regions and their Neighbourhood.

As part of its workplan, the Task Force on the Gender related issues of the CPMR organized a Seminar hosted by the Region of Tuscany (Italy) to address the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Directive calls for implementation at regional and local levels.


The Directive also stresses the importance of data collection and other crucial elements highlighted by the Euro-Med Charter as well.


For instance, the need to pay attention to women particularly at risk such as disabled women, migrant women, women living in rural areas.


In addition, the Directive calls to the Member states for providing shelters and support services ensuring “a sufficient geographical distribution and capacity of these services across the Member State.” (art. 28.3 of the Directive).


The Document also includes specific articles recognizing the role of international cooperation and a multi-agency approach (arts. 40 and 41 of the Directive) and of compulsory training programmes for professionals (arts. 36; 37; 38).


Starting from the Directive contents, participants to the Seminar titled “Regions at the forefront of a Union of Equality: How can regions contribute to the fight against gender-based violence in Europe and its Neighbourhood?” shared practices and ideas on “How is gender-based violence currently addressed at EU” (Session I) and on “How do regions already contribute to ending gender-based violence and what is their overall approach to Gender issues and the use of EU funds” (Session II).


During the Session I, MEP Pina Picierno, Vice-President of the European Parliament; Eirini Dourou, Spokeperson on Gender Equality for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe; and Ambassador John Paul Grech, Deputy Secretary General for Social & Civil Affairs, Union of the Mediterranean provided a general framework of the state of art of the issue in Europe and its Neighbourhood speaking on the limits of existing approach, ongoing challenges and the hoped role for Regions in the future.


In the Session II, representatives of Region of Tuscany (Italy), Basque Countries (Spain), Region of Murcia (Spain), Wales (United Kingdom) and Region of Sicily (Italy) explored existing best practices in the domain of VAW (Violence against Women and Girls) and tools to tackle gender issues and how to better involve youth.


During the session COPPEM presented last initiatives carried out in the framework of the Euromed Charter and its action to disseminate it at international level.


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