Across Europe a third of all women have experienced physical or sexual violence and up to half have experienced sexual harassment since.
In the UK, it is estimated that 3 million women experience some form of violence. These shocking statistics highlight the importance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women -- an initiative Anneliese is proud to support.
Anneliese today called for the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention into law. The Istanbul Convention (also known as the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) is a legal framework which aims to combat violence against women by placing a greater emphasis on prevention of domestic violence, improved protection of those who have been victims of violence, and prosecution of the perpetrators of violence against women.
Anneliese said: "These statistics about violence against women are horrific. Immediate action needs to be taken to end violence against women, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is fantastic in raising awareness of this issue. However, raising awareness is not enough -- it is vital that action is taken, which is why I urge the UK government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, and put its recommendations into law."
The Labour Party has consistently worked to reduce incidences of violence against women. In the European Parliament, Labour MEPs launched the Daphne programme, which provides grants for preventive measures and support for victims of violence. In the UK, Ed Miliband created a new position when he appointed Seema Malhotra MP as shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls -- a sign that the next Labour government will continue to actively work to eliminate violence against women.