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EU Must Take Coordinated Action on Violence Against Women" de Brún

3 February, 2006

Speaking after the debate in the European Parliament Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has called for EU member states to take a more coordinated approach to tackling violence agains women.

Ms de Brún said:

"Violence against women is a fundamental violation of human rights and reflects the continuing unequal gender power relations in our society.

"EU member states need to adopt an approach in policy making capable of encompassing all of this issue, including effective methods of prevention and punishment.

"We need to establish in fact a zero tolerance attitude to all forms of violence against women, and to adopt a framework for cooperation between governmental and non-governmental organisations with a view to developing policies and practices to combat the phenomenon of domestic violence.

"The EU should also consider the appointment of national rapporteurs to gather, exchange and process information and statistics on men's violence against women, including information on children growing up in violent environments, and promote the exchange of best practice between Member States and the accession and candidate countries.

"In addition we need to see appropriate education and training for professionals responsible for recording incidents and data relating to domestic violence so that they carry out their duties with the required consistency.

"These are just some of the measures contained in a detailed report by Maria Carlshamre MEP which the European Parliament has now adopted with overwhelming support.I strongly endorse Mrs Carlshamre's report and recommendations and urge all MEPs and member state governments to implement these as a matter of urgency." ENDS

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