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She’s not to blame

While women are blamed for the violence they experience, perpetrators often escape justice.

The law also discriminates

Together we can abolish discriminatory laws, and establish effective gender-equal policies.

Share your story

Our community is stronger the more we talk about our stories and experiences.

we can end violence against women and girls by:

Spreading Awareness

on the severity and consequences of violence against women and girls

Changing Attitudes

by influencing public perception and mobilizing larger social support

Displacing Blame

from the victim to the perpetrator who is often not held accountable

Amending Laws

that normalize and decriminalize violence against women and girls

What is violence against women and girls?

The United Nations define violence against women and girls (VAWG) as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”.

Simply put, Violence Against Women and Girls is every act directed against women and girls because of their gender. Whether private or public, direct or indirect, any act that causes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and economic harm or discomfort to women and girls is a violent act. And with 1 in 3 women having experienced some type of violence because of their gender, VAWG is the world’s most pressing issue today.

What causes Violence Against Women and Girls?
Such violence is rooted in unequal power relationships between men and women in society: men are “entitled” to exercise different forms of control and violence that are exacerbated in times of conflict.
In Southern Mediterranean countries in particular, the broad social tolerance of gender-based inequalities, discriminative laws, as well as poor prevention and protection mechanisms have all contributed to the widespread of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Which violences are most common in the region?

Share your story

The more stories we share, the stronger we are. Opening up about a violent experience is definitely hard. But we believe that speaking up is a crucial step in taking action against violence directed at women, we can:
  • Denounce violent behaviour and practices
  • Show the extent of their severity
  • Put pressure on legal authorities
  • Make a long-term cultural change
  • Encourage other victims to speak out

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Our campaign

EuroMed Feminist Initiative in consortium with 9 civil society organizations championing women’s rights in the region, has launched a campaign for 3 years across seven countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

We aim to engage and mobilize society as a whole to demand the adoption of a comprehensive legislation that criminalizes all forms of violence against women and girls, through:
– a media awareness campaign (films, posters, radio spots, social media, forums),
– educational activities for teachers and students across schools,
– institutional trainings that secure adequate services to victims,
– advocacy for the adoption of comprehensive laws and policies that protect women and girls

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Here’s what’s yet to come:

  • A new, complete, version of our website
  • A directory of available services for victims per country
  • 10 ways to combat Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Information about discriminatory laws in the campaign’s targeted countries
  • Testimonies of victims of Violence Against Women and Girls

Partners

The campaign is launched in seven countries by a consortium of women's rights civil society organizations: the EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI); Algerian Women Claiming their Rights (FARD) in Algeria; Association for Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT) in Egypt; Arab Women Organization (AWO) in Jordan; Association Najdeh and Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL) in Lebanon; Women’s Action Union (UAF) in Morocco; the Palestinian Federation of Women's Action Committees (PFWAC), and Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) in Palestine; and Tunisian Women's Association for Development and Research (AFTURD) in Tunisia.