Progressives united in drive to eradicate gender-based violence

Progressives united in drive to eradicate gender-based violence

Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), European socialists and democrats discussed action to combat gender-based violence at an online conference organised by PSOE, the PES, and PES Women.

Speaking at the event, PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“We have a clear stance as a political family: gender-based violence cannot be tolerated anymore. This is part of the fundamental democratic values in Europe, and every government in Europe should respect these values. There can be no compromise on this issue.”

S&D President and PES Vice-President, Iraxte García, said:

“From our political family, the message is clear: we are opposed to any form of discrimination, and we will continue to fight against it. Our goal is to achieve a fairer society where there is gender equality and social justice. We will not stop until we make it. 

“To do so, the complete accession of the European Union to the Istanbul Convention cannot wait. We must ensure that all the institutions are supporting women who suffer from gender based violence, and have zero tolerance towards gender stereotypes.”