Adoption of the first EU regulations on the prevention of gender-based violence

Adoption of the first EU regulations on the prevention of gender-based violence

On 15 February, European Parliament Committees FEMM (Women’s Rights and Gender Equality) and LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs) approved the interinstitutional agreement found on 6 February on the Directive on Combating violence against women and domestic violence. This Directive represents the inaugural instance of the implementation of EU-wide regulations regarding the criminalization of specific forms of gender-based violence (e.g. rape, cyber offenses), improved access to justice and protection for victims, and preventive measures. MEPs aim to present the finalized files to plenary on 22 April. The implementation of the new regulations will notably have a positive impact on women athletes and more broadly, on creating safe spaces for equal participation and thereby setting ambitions for enhanced good governance.

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