“Across Europe, around 1 in 5 women have suffered physical violence at least once in their lives and 1 in 10 have suffered forced sexual violence. Violence against women is the most brutal manifestation of gender inequality and is a violation of human rights that Europe must not and cannot ignore”, say Vice-President Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner.

Access the statement by Vice-President Reding ahead of the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women