Joint statement by FEMM and DROI Chairs:

Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), and Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), stated:

‘‘On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Sunday 25 November), we put the spotlight on sexual harassment, which forms an integral part of gender-based violence and on which we need to cooperate in order to achieve gender equality and full enjoyment of human rights for all women.

The universal Declaration of human rights first saw the light seventy years ago and the #MeToo movement is a continuation of this work. The astonishing number and range of women joining to say “Me Too” points to profound structural barriers to freedom and equality.

We need to maintain the momentum to make it a truly global movement, which reaches all women and girls, also in places where breaking silence on violence against women is still taboo and where they continue to carry the burden of shame and blame.’’