Eliminating violence against women in Europe - intersectoral approaches and actions : conference report, Vienna, 25-26 November, 2013
At the conference 'Eliminating Violence against Women in Europe - Intersectoral Approaches and Actions', which took place in Vienna on 25 and 26 November 2013, more than 200 participants from 42 countries and from a large variety of backgrounds discussed approaches to combating gender-based violence (GBV). This high-level conference was organised by the City of Vienna, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe). During highly informative presentations and intense discussions, speakers and participants provided insights into recently published and forthcoming studies, shared promising practices from various EU Member States and beyond, and exchanged ideas about how to combat persisting challenges. Several speakers underlined the importance of conferences such as this in carrying combating GBV forward, especially as constant commitment from a variety of actors is needed for progress in this area. In what follows, the main findings, arguments and points of discussion that were presented and articulated during the conference are presented. The following key areas will be covered: data collection on GBV; measuring the costs of violence; female genital mutilation (FGM); national policies on combating GBV; intersectoral approaches to combating GBV; and GBV in the context of the economic crisis.