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Tuesday, 5 April 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A7-0065/2011

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) It is essential to break the silence surrounding all forms of crime, and in this case that based on gender. Offences that take the form of violence in the home, sexual abuse, human trafficking, genital mutilation and other forms of violations of integrity that affect women and girls in particular should be made public in order that they may be combated more effectively. In fact, greater knowledge of gender-based violence would make it possible to increase society’s sensitivity to this problem. This own-initiative report on of the European Parliament seeks to put together a series of the measures required to ensure that European women have a decent life. Despite violence against women having been a topic of debate for several decades, the international community has not succeeded in bringing this extremely destructive form of crime to an end. In summary, I believe the European Union needs to adopt the necessary legislation to put an end to this violence, and the Member States need to draw up national action plans for combating gender-based violence. For these reasons, I voted in favour of this report.

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