Violence against women and girls: measure it to end it


Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights and a manifestation of the unequal power relations between women and men. In Switzerland, according to the Federal Statistical Office, of the 278 homicides committed between 2009 and 2019 in the domestic sphere, 74% of the victims were women and girls. In addition, 52% of offences recorded by the police in the domestic context are committed in current intimate relationships. In 2019, 19 women died as a result of domestic violence. According to an estimate made by INFRAS, each year about 27 000 children live with violence in their homes, something which may have multiple short and long-term consequences.
Globally, according to the OECD almost one in three women experience violence from a partner at least once in their lives. In early 2020, UN Women estimated that in the previous year, 18% of women and girls had been subjected to sexual and/or physical violence by a partner. This problem is tending to increase with the situation related to the Covid-19 crisis.

The elimination of violence against women and girls is a national and international priority for Switzerland in connection with the 2030 Agenda. In addition, Article 11 of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), ratified by Switzerland in 2017, requires member states to collect relevant statistical data on all forms of violence covered by the convention.
Statistics are not just a technical issue but also a powerful tool for reporting on the situation and targeting policy development to address violence against women. It therefore plays a key role in ensuring Switzerland takes effective action in tackling this problem.

This event is organised by the Federal Office for Gender Equality in collaboration with the Federal Statistical Office and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
During this event, panellists will discuss the importance of statistics and indicators in order to put an end to violence against women and thus continue progress towards the achievement of the fifth sustainable development goal (SDG): Achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls and its target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. The panel will present the statistical situation in Switzerland, provide an update on current projects and discuss the challenges in the field, including in times of pandemic. The reflections from this meeting will be taken up at the United Nations World Data Forum which will be held in Bern from 3 to 6 October 2021, where gender statistics will receive special attention.

The event will take place on 18 November 2020 from 19:00 to 20:15. It will announce the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.

Introductory remarks will be made by Sylvie Durrer, Director of the FOGE.

A panel will be made up of representatives from the following entities:
Cantonal police;
Civil society.

This will be followed by a question and answer session and a conclusion.

Protection plan: In view of the current health situation, a protection plan has been developed according to the guidelines of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Participation in the events is limited to 60 people in the Bernese Cantonal Bank and 100 people in the Bellevue Palace. Registration for the events is compulsory and enables contact details to be collected. The latter will be provided to the authorities if tracing is required. They will be deleted 14 days after the event. In addition, disinfectant gels will be made available at the entrance to the events, a distance between seats will be maintained and masks must be worn (except for panelists).

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