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Athens, 30 November 2021

Inter-Parliamentary Committee Meeting of Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of European Parliament (FEMM) on "Eliminating violence against women"

The Inter-Parliamentary Committee Meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) on the issue of "Eliminating violence against women" took place today in the European Parliament in Brussels. 

The Chairwoman of the Hellenic Parliament's Special Permanent Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights Anna Karamanli and the 1st Deputy Chair of the Committee Irini Agathopoulou participated in the meeting remotely.

In her speech Mrs Karamanli noted that Greece was one of the first countries to sign in 2011 the very important Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence.

Under the Convention there are 43 counselling centres throughout the country offering social, psychological, legal and employment support, 19 shelters providing safe room and board to women victims of gender-based violence and their children and a toll-free 24-hour SOS helpline (15900). Services for women refugees and migrants survivors of gender-based violence are also being strengthened.

Mrs Karamanli added that the Hellenic Police has changed the way it records incidents of domestic violence, while a Department for Addressing Domestic Violence was established with 73 branches throughout the country.

At the end of her intervention the Chairwoman of the Equality, Youth and Human Rights committee noted that during the pandemic there was a rise in reported cases of violence in Greece, underlining that women formed the majority of victims reporting such crimes and that they trusted the safe structures and specialised professionals working in them. 


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