Violence Against Women in the Context of Political Transformations and Economic Crisis

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 18:00-20:00

Da Vinci Amphitheater – University of Nicosia

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies in collaboration with the Center for European and International Affairs and the Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies (CCIS) of the University of Nicosia hosted a presentation of the results and discussion of the report “Violence against women in the context of political transformations and economic crisis in the Euro-Mediterranean region; trends and recommendations towards equality and justice” published by the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN).

This report alerts that violence against women has dramatically increased in the Euro-Mediterranean region during the recent years, showcasing key patterns of violence against women, through case studies from Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, France, Cyprus and Spain.

The report also underlines the alarming increase and severity of sexual violence in countries such as Libya, Syria and Egypt mounting to sexual terrorism.  In Egypt, women protestors were subjected to systematic and seemingly planned harassment and gang rapes in Tahrir Square. In Syria, women and are subjected to trafficking and sexual exploitation girls in refugee camps.

Guest speakers included Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josiephina Antoniou, Equality Commissioner.

You may access the presentation invitation and program HERE.