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Parliamentary questions
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22 December 2017
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-006577/2017

The Commission's Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019(1) includes combating gender-based violence as one of the five key areas of action. The Commission is committed to pay particular attention to the specific needs of groups facing multiple disadvantages, including disabled women, in its implementation of the Strategic Engagement.

The most recent EU-wide prevalence survey on violence against women available (Fundamental Rights Agency, 2014)(2) shows that women who have health problems or a disability indicate a higher prevalence of various forms of violence than women who do not have similar health problems or a disability.

The biggest differences are found in terms of physical or sexual partner violence: 34% of women with a health problem or disability have experienced this during a relationship, compared with 19% of women who do not have a health problem or disability.

The Commission has dedicated 2017 as a year for focused actions to combat violence against women(3), including funding opportunities for national authorities(4) and civil society organisations aiming at raising awareness, preventing violence or improving support and protection for victims.(5)

To strengthen the legal framework to combat violence against women, the European Union signed the Istanbul Convention on 13 June 2017 as a first step towards becoming a party to the Convention.(6)

The Commission furthermore supports several EU-level non-government organisations on disability. The key organisation — the European Disability Forum — has a Women's Committee and advocates for the rights of women with disabilities.

(1)SWD(2015) 278 final of 3.12.2015

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