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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2015
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002961/2015

The Commission reconfirms its strong commitment to ending all forms of violence against women, including in sport. This is shown in inter alia the strategy for equality between women and men(1).

The EU has adopted legal measures that prevent gender-based violence and provide victim support: on equal treatment, including sexual harassment(2); on trafficking in human beings(3); against the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography(4); on the European Protection Orders applicable in criminal and civil matters(5); and on the rights of crime victims(6). The Commission is actively monitoring and guiding Member States in implementing this legislation.

The Commission funds awareness-raising campaigns by national governments(7) and grassroots projects(8), under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme(9), and organises exchanges of good practice for Member States to learn about successful policies(10).

The Istanbul Convention represents a valuable framework to effectively combat violence against women and domestic violence at national and European levels.(11) The Commission is currently examining the possibility of EU accession to the Convention.

In the context of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017(12) the Commission works with the Member States in an expert group that will compile recommendations or guidelines on gender equality in sport, including gender-based violence. Following the Council Conclusions on Gender Equality in Sport of May 2014(13), in 2015 the Commission will launch a study on gender-based violence in sport to assess the nature and extent of the problem. Gender equality in sport is also a priority for funding under Erasmus+: Sport(14).

(5)http://ec.europa.eu/justice/criminal/files/directive_2011_99_on_epo_en.pdf http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:181:0004:0012:en:PDF
(10)In 2012 in the United Kingdom (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/other-institutions/good-practices/review-seminars/seminars_2012/violence_en.htm) and in 2013 in Spain (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/other-institutions/good-practices/review-seminars/seminars_2013/vaw_en.htm).
(12)(2014/C 183/03).

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