March 8, 2022

Joint Manifesto: Stop All Gender-Based Violence!

Advocacy, LGBTQI

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Stop all forms of gender-based violence:
A manifesto for an inclusive and comprehensive EU gender-based violence policy for all

IGLYO endorsed the Stop all forms of gender-based violence Manifesto.

Together with more than 130 organisations, we call on the European Union to adopt a forward-thinking and truly inclusive approach to gender-based violence — that leaves no one behind and strives to achieve real change in the lives of all people, without discrimination. To meaningfully address gender-based violence in the European Union, we must promote inclusion, safety, protection, well-being and effective remedies for those most at risk.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, 8 March, and the expected publication of a draft EU law to address violence against women and domestic violence, the under-signed organisations have adopted this manifesto for a truly inclusive EU law and policy. We welcome the leadership of the European Commission in taking action, and the engagement of the European Parliament, and urge everyone who will be involved in this effort to take an inclusive and intersectional feminist approach.

People facing marginalisation and intersectional discrimination – such as racialised women, women with disabilities, sex workers, those of lower socio-economic status, experiencing homelessness, with precarious or irregular migration status, as well as people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics including trans and non-binary people, are among the most at risk of gender-based violence and least protected and supported by existing efforts to prevent and tackle violence and other harm. 

Measures that aim to address gender-based violence by focusing on increasing criminalisation, policing and incarceration can make many people and communities more vulnerable, reproducing structural, institutional and interpersonal discrimination and violence [1].  

We urge the European Union decision makers to strive for an ambitious and comprehensive package of legal, policy and financial measures to address gender-based violence and to ensure victims’ rights that:

This Manifesto was signed by IGLYO and more than 130 organisations. You can read the initial manifesto and see the full list of signatories here.

How can you support?

[1] Victoria Law: Against Carceral Feminism. 17.10.2014, Jacobin. Available:
[2] Towards Gender Justice Rethinking EU Gender Equality Policy From an Intersectional Perspective. Equinox- Initiative for Racial Justice, 2021
[3]  The EU Victims’ Rights Directive refers to gender-based violence as “violence that is directed against a person because of that person’s gender, gender identity or gender expression or that affects a person of a particular gender disproportionately.

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