As the world celebrates International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, several European countries were criticized for not respecting international standards relating to women’s rights.
The event is an opportunity to highlight the challenges that women around the world continue to face every day, including domestic violence, genital mutilation, online violence and femicide.
The UN called on countries to demonstrate due diligence and tackle gender pushbacks.
And although the European Union has championed progressive politics, a few member states still oppose women’s rights.
“Some countries have taken a step back. Hungary, Poland and Turkey are examples. The Hungarian government has also refused to ratify the Istanbul Convention, and Poland has withdrawn from it,” gender and co-director of Central Eva Fodor, of the European University’s Institute for Democracy (CEU), told Euronews.
She said the Hungarian government refuses to endorse EU measures on gender equality.
“The Hungarian government has done little to increase equality between men and women. Instead, the government refuses to recognize the concept of gender and claims that this is one of the reasons for which he also rejected the Istanbul convention, “added Fodor.
“They argue that there is no gender difference, there is only a biological difference between men and women, and use this excuse not to endorse the gender equality measures of the ‘EU and not to put in place other regulations that could protect women. “
Throughout the day, protesters took to the streets around the world to call on those in power to do more to protect women.
“I believe that we cannot do enough to protect women from violence, especially in a context where this kind of violence is increasing because of the pandemic and, again, especially in a context where many governments refuse to do anything about it, “Fodor continued.
To commemorate the event, the United Nations is launching a 16-day activism campaign, which will end on December 10 for International Human Rights Day.
“Despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women and girls around the world are still at risk of being killed and subjected to violence, intimidation and harassment when speaking out – For the simple fact of being women and girls, ”he added. organization stated in a declaration.
Iconic buildings and monuments around the world will be lit in orange to raise awareness of the goal of a future without violence.