Reveals the European commission In a Joint Statement ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015
Somaliland sun – As from January 2016, a new Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 for European Union-EU external relations, endorsed by the Council, will be applied, in order to combat all forms of violence against women and girls which remains a key priority for the Commission, both within and outside EU borders.
In a Joint Statement ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015
Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said
“We believe that there cannot be sustainable development without women’s empowerment and this cannot be achieved without eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls” and for this purpose the European Commission has allocated about €8 million in projects preventing and combating violence against women and girls within the EU and €20 million in fighting against harmful practices abroad.
This kitty is in addition to regular EU funding to humanitarian projects that respond to gender-based violence in emergencies and crises.