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Upholding the Rights of Women – Global Actions to Stop the Violence

Human Rights
Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: European Parliament, Room P1C047  |  City: Ixelles, Belgium

In March we celebrate the International Women’s Day, a day when we remember and homage the fights of many women for the recognitions of their rights. This is an important occasion that should not just be a remembrance but also a push to renew our efforts to change the world so that women’s rights are upheld, respected and protected globally.

In many regions of our planet, women are still subject to horrible violence. These include bodily abuse, psychological humiliation and social discrimination. In some countries, women are not free to voice their opinions or control their bodies and are even subject to harsh punishments when attempting to revolt against this oppression. It gets even more horrific when women are specifically targeted in war zones, as when they are raped to punish the community they belong to.

It is important the international community never loses sight of these unacceptable acts and never stops acting to put an end to them. Our event aims to keep high the visibility of this issue but also show what concrete initiatives have been taken and will be taken by international bodies, like the EU and the UN, to finally make violence against women history.


Speakers and Agenda

12.00 – Opening of Registrations and Welcome Lunch

12.30 – Keynote Speech

Mrs Mary Honeyball, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

12.45 – Panel Debate with Q&A – How to Stop the Violence?

Mrs Sinem Yilmaz, Coordinator, Brussels Office, European Network of Migrant Women

Dr Angela Franz-Balsen, Expert in Gender Issues and Former lecturer at the University of Lüneburg

Mrs Shumaila Anwar, Human Rights Activist, Student in Conflict Resolution and Governance, Founder and Director of Shumaila’s Mothers

Panel Chair: Cristina Luca – Communication and Events Coordinator, World Solidarity Forum

13.45 – Closing Remarks

A Representative of Unit B.1 Gender Equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance, DG DEVCO, European Commission (tbc)

14.00 – End of Event


You can register here: http://bit.ly/2G5e7ia




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All Dates

  • Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:00 - 14:00

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