Activities 2012




6/12/2012, Conclusions on "Combating violence against women, and the provision of support services for victims of domestic violence"


Dear Sir/Madam,

On 6 December 2012 the Council adopted Conclusions on "Combating violence against women, and the provision of support services for victims of domestic violence", prepared by the Cyprus Presidency on the basis of the European Institute for Gender Equality's (EIGE's) new report "Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States: Violence against Women Victim Support". The report is the first one to deliver a full set of comparable and reliable data on support services for women victims of violence in the 27 EU Member States and Croatia. It is now available on the Institute's webpage at http://www.eige.europa.eu/content/document/violence-against-women-victim-support-report. We invite you to publish a link to the report on your organisation's website and share the information with relevant institutions and gender experts in your country.
 
The report was developed in cooperation with the Cyprus Government, the European Commission and the High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming. We hope that the results of EIGE's work will contribute to your commitment to making equality between women and men a reality for all people in your country. More information
 
Summary

The adopted Conclusions reaffirm that neither custom, tradition, culture, privacy nor religion can be invoked to justify violence against women or to avoid the obligations of the Member States with respect to its prevention and elimination and the prosecution of perpetrators. The Council of the European Union calls on the Member States to sign, ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, without prejudice to the possible future negotiations on possible EU accession.

Taking note of EIGE's report, the Council calls to ensure that support services for victims of violence are in adequate supply and apply gender equality perspective. The Council calls also to improve the collection and dissemination of comparable, reliable and regularly updated data on victims and perpetrators of all forms of violence against women and to make full use of the work of EIGE.

EIGE's report aims to support you in your efforts to combat and prevent violence against women, by providing policy makers and all relevant institutions with reliable and comparable data and information for effective actions and evidence-based policy improvement. The report is the first one to deliver a full set of comparable and reliable data on support services for women victims of violence in the 27 EU Member States and Croatia. It presents an in-depth overview of the range and quality of services to which women victims of violence have access: emergency services, 24-hours helplines, legal advice and other services and gives recommendations for improving the services.
 
The findings show that specialised services are insufficient and unequally distributed in and among the Member States. Only 12 out of the 27 EU Member States legally foresee state funding of specialised services for women victims of violence. Even women shelters and helplines, possibly the most common support for victims of domestic violence, are not in place and available everywhere. Although 24 Member States and Croatia have women shelters and 17 Member States have women helplines, only 15 Member States and Croatia offer free of charge specialised shelters and only six helplines are free of charge and available 24/7 which are the basic requirements highlighted in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
 

Kind regards,
EIGE's Communications



13/11/2012, Conference organized by European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) 
 

The President attended a Conference organized by EIGE on “Advancing Gender Training to Support Effective Gender Mainstreaming” 13-14 November 2012, in Vilnius, Lithuania. She submitted a paper which was circulated among the participants entitled “The role for gender training in bridging the gender gap in the academic community. The needs and challenges in Cyprus”.

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8/11/2012, Conference: Combating Domestic Violence against Women in the EU
 

The President participated in the Conference on Combating Domestic Violence against Women in the EU, held in Nicosia, 8-9 November 2012, organized by the Cyprus Republic and the European Commission within the Cyprus 2012 EU Presidency.







3/11/2012, Commonwealth Conference New Trends, New Challenges in Educational Leadership and Governance
 

The President participated in the 2012 Commonwealth Conference New Trends, New Challenges in Educational Leadership and Governance in Limassol, 3-7 November 2012, organized by CCEAM and CEAS. She presented a paper, co-authored by Maria-Elena Komodromou, Member of EKIF “The gender gap in academic research - the barriers and challenges for women academics.”




26/9/2012, Public Hearing: Developing a Macro-regional strategy in the Mediterranean – the benefits for island Member States of the European Union
 

The President was invited by the European Economic and Social Committee Section for Economic and Monetary Union, Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) and participated in the Public Hearing on Developing a Macro-regional strategy in the Mediterranean – the benefits for island Member States of the European Union organized on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel in Larnaka.







25/9/2012, Online discussion on “Gender Training in the European Union”
 

The President represented the Ministry of Justice and Public Order in an online discussion on “Gender Training in the European Union” which was held on 25 and 26 September 2012 by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). The main findings of the online discussion were summarized and uploaded on EIGE’s website. A selection of the comments were published in a booklet by EIGE “Gender Training in the European Union Reflections from the online discussions” (2012), which quotes some of the comments made during the online discussion by EKIF President, Dr Despina Solomi.




14/9/2012, Conference: The role of men in gender equality – European insights and strategies
 

The President, Dr Despina Solomi, attended the Conference on the role of men in gender equality – European insights and strategies on 14 September 2012 at the Bedford Hotel in Brussels, organized by a consortium and financed by the EU Programme Progress. The main issues covered were “men and care”, “men and work” and “men and gender equality”.







7/4/2012, Ημερίδα Women's empowerment towards equality
 

The President and the Secretary of EKIF, Mrs Maro Michaelidou, attended the Conference organised by the Cyprus Business and Professional Women Organisation at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia on 7 April 2012 on Women's empowerment towards equality.








27/3/2012,  General Assembly of the Cyprus  Women Lomby


The President participated in the General Assembly of the Cyprus  Women Lomby, associated with the European Women Lomby which took place kin Nicosia on 27 March 2012.






8/3/2012, Women's Day


The President and Members of EKIF Board were invited to attend the cocktail at the Presidential Palace by the President of the Republic, Mr Dimitris Christofias and Mrs Elsie Christofia on the occasion of Women's Day, 8 March 2012.








20/2/2012, Information Visit to Brussels


The President participated in the Information Visit to Brussels organised by the Office of the European Commission in Nicosia for  representatives of NGOs from the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot Communities. During the visit, which took place between 20-21 February 2012, the participants were received in  institutions and offices of the European Commision and the European Parliament and attended briefings  on EU policies as regards the Lisbon Treaty, trafficking, discrimination and diversity.





14/2/2012, Sub-Committee of the National Machinery for the Rights of Women


The President of EKIF, Dr Dena Solomi, was invited and attended the Sub-Committee of the National Machinery for the Rights of Women of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order on Women's Exploitation and Trafficking, held in Nicosia on 14 February 2012.





13/1/2012, 2013 Year of Citizens


The President of EKIF was invited and attended a hearing at the House of the European Union, on 13 January 2012, 15:00 – 17:00, where Mrs Antigoni Papadopoulou, MEP, presented the Decision of the  European Parliament and of the Council on the 2013 Year of Citizens. Mrs Papadopoulou asked for the citizens and NGOs  to comment and make suggestions to be incorporated in the Report.

Dr Solomi pointed out that statistical data published by the public sector  is not issued by gender. In co-operation with  Dr Chrystalla Kalogyrou of the Pedagogical Institute, Dr Solomi submitted a written proposal as regards the vital role of education in promoting democratic citizenship and developing a European identity during the 2013 Year of Citizens but also through formal, informal and non formal education.