Austria-EIGE meetings underline importance of comparable data to measure and fight femicides
To fight crimes of femicide - when a woman is killed because of her gender – it is key to identify and count cases accurately.
Recent meetings between EIGE, the EU knowledge centre on gender equality, and the Austrian government provide insights on approaches taken in Austria and underline the importance of implementing legislation and improving data collection practices on femicide across the EU.
Federal Minister for Women, Family, Integration and Media, Susanne Raab stated:
Carlien Scheele, EIGE Director said:
Sound and comparable data is essential to understanding the prevalence of femicide. Yet, data is, at present, rather fragmented. To help countries identify the different forms of femicide, EIGE has developed a package that includes a classification system, as well as guidance on how to identify the ‘gender dimension’ of a female homicide.
Minister of Justice Alma Zadić stated:
EIGE is currently identifying gaps between law and practice in providing justice to victims and their families as well as recommendations to help EU Member States improve their institutional response to femicide cases.
A country visit by EIGE representatives to Austria from 16 to 18 May 2022 provided the framework for a series of meetings, among others with the Federal Minister for Women, Family, Integration and Media, the Federal Minister for Justice, members of parliament, as well as representatives from the city of Vienna and different NGOs. EIGE’s delegation took the opportunity to visit the Wiener Interventionsstelle gegen Gewalt in der Familie (Domestic Violence Intervention Centre Vienna) to learn more about the work of this important service for victims of domestic violence.