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Fidesz MEP calls for standing up for abused women

Fidesz MEP Livia Jaroka has called for paying increased attention to violence against women and helping the victims in the European Union through a comprehensive regulations and national programmes.

Jaroka submitted written remarks to an EP session commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to which United Nations dedicated November 25 in 1999.

Jaroka said “instead of empty words and forcing the ratification of the failed Istanbul Convention”, central and regional programmes and united social actions were needed for preventing violence against women.

“One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. This figure is estimated to be double that among Roma women and girls,” said Jaroka.

She called the situation particularly “worrisome”, insisting that “data prove that the situation and social status of women in most countries that have ratified the Istanbul Convention has only become worse”.

Jaroka called it the right decision by Hungary and Czechia not to ratify the convention, arguing that those countries could now create “strong national guarantees for the protection of women’s rights and dignity”.

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