Europe without Violence against Women and Girls: the commitment of Romania
From June 4 to 6, Bucharest hosted the international conference "Europe without Violence against Women and Girls - Perspectives of the Istanbul Convention: A New Horizon - Changing the Paradigm for All Decision Makers”. It was organized by the National Agency for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (ANES), in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in the Kingdom of Norway, in order to work on a paradigm shift in the approach to the problem of domestic violence, at different levels of intervention.
The event brought together parliamentarians, decision-makers, experts in the field and representatives of civil society and institutions arriving from France, Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the United States of America , Great Britain, Spain and Finland, thus enabling a common platform for exchanging and networking experiences, best practices and know-how as well as for shaping integrated policies, effective models and approaches by developing skills and capacity domestic violence specialists.
During the three days, participants sought for innovative solutions to eradicate this global phenomenon, which has no social, economic or national boundaries and which is still unanswered. On the one hand, because often legislation is not enough implemented and updates; and on the other hand, because the services offered to the victims are always limited or poorly funded.
In this institutional context, Romania has assumed three major priorities in the fight against domestic violence:
• Preventing and combating it by providing concrete emergency protection measures to protect and support victims;
• Increasing the economic independence of women and, rather, fostering gender equality by reducing gender discrimination in business and the participation gap in the labour market;
• Combating gender pay gaps (with particular emphasis on the Commission's initiative on Action Plan 2017-2019 on combating the gender pay gap).