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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Gender Equality Strategy (debate)
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  Katalin Cseh (Renew). – Madam President, I’m very glad to hear that the EU is working on a Gender Equality Strategy: it’s very important for me. Let me just highlight one aspect of this very broad and important topic – violence against women. When we talk about violence against women, we usually talk about numbers: one in every three European women, right? I would like to talk about people.

(Speaker holds up a photograph)

For me, she is the face of violence against women. She is Bernadett Orosz, a very brave woman who was brutally assaulted in the privacy of her home by her ex-partner. Afterwards, she was denied proper medical care, she was denied proper police protection, and later on, the Justice Minister of Hungary repeatedly said that ratifying the Istanbul Convention is political hysteria. Well, Bernadett is a brave woman. She has been to the European Parliament; she will be back. She’s advocating for protection of females, and I’d like to echo her voice. I’d like to call on the Commission to act upon their promises and to add violence against women to the list of the EU crimes in the Treaty and also for the European Union to join the Istanbul Convention.

 
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