Position paper Working group - Stop violence against women

Position paper Working group - Stop violence against women

29. 5. 2018

Vision: Stop violence against women

Disrupting the continuum of Violence against women and girls


The Czech Women’s Lobby ‘s Working group against violence against women consists of professional organizations that provide assistance to survivors and victims of violence. The working group is represented in the Committee on Prevention of Domestic Violence and Violence against Women, an advisory body to the Government Council for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. The working group cooperates internationally with the European Women's Lobby (EWL) within the Observatory on Violence against Women working group.

A billion women, that is every third woman or girl, have experienced violence during their life. It happens in privacy and in the public sphere. The forms of violence against women are interconnected and create a chain of violence. The aim of violence is to silence women and keep them in a subordinate position. According to the UN, violence against women is a proof of the historically unequal status of men and women.

Disrupting the continuum of violence against women and girls is a precondition for achieving real equality between women and men. It is necessary to listen to the voices of the victims and the survivors, to provide them with support and care, and to put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators by ensuring they face justice.

Forms of violence against women and girls (as stated in the fact sheet EWL 2018):

  • Family and partner violence
  • Sexual violence and sexual abuse
  • Prostitution
  • Trafficking in women
  • pornography
  • Sexism in media, sexist advertising and cyber violence
  • Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Violence against women at work
  • Violence against women committed in the name of tradition, so-called „honour“ or religion
  • Institutional violence
  • Violence against women survivors and women human rights defenders

Priorities of working group

  • Meeting, sharing information and creating common positions
  • Lobbing for ratification of the Istanbul Convention and legislative changes
  • Monitoring the implementation of the action plan o prevent domestic and gender-based violence
  • Advocacy for resources to help victims and survivors of violence
  • Public awareness raising activities (OBR)

For more information contact coordinator of working group, director of CWL Hana Stelzerová, email: hana.stelzerova@czlobby.cz, +420 725 820 266