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Parliamentary questions
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23 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002912-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elena Kountoura (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Commission initiatives to combat domestic violence
 Answer in writing 

Gender-based violence, both physical and psychological, is a widespread phenomenon in the EU which is rarely properly quantified. It is an extreme form of discrimination and a violation of human rights, affecting women in all walks of life and regardless of their age, education, income, social status or country of origin or residence, and it makes gender equality impossible to achieve.

Given that:
Gender equality is a core EU value and the right to equal treatment and non-discrimination is a fundamental right that should be promoted and upheld under statute law, in practice, under case law and in everyday life;
Gender-based violence should not be left unpunished, perpetrators must be prosecuted and women must be supported by the judicial system if the vicious cycle of trauma and victim silence is to be broken;
Children who experience domestic violence tend to replicate it;
I would like to ask the Commission:
1. Is it planning to set up awareness-raising programmes on gender-based violence in schools, in an effort to tackle the problem at its roots?
2. How will it address the concerns expressed by some Member States about the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention?
Original language of question: EL 
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