CEPOL’s Acting Executive Director to support EIGE’s campaign on violence against women

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11 December 2017

Mr. Detlef Schröder, CEPOL Acting Executive Director, has accepted on 28 November 2017 the call by the European Institute on Gender Equality (EIGE) to become an Ambassador of the White Ribbon Campaign, an initiative promoted by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the world’s biggest campaign engaging men in fighting gender-based violence.

Violence against women is a pervasive human rights violation. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. I firmly believe today that the only way to stop violence against women is to speak out and I refuse to be silent” says Mr. Detlef Schröder, CEPOL Acting Executive Director. Mr Schröder thereby joins many European political leaders on the Institute’s efforts at combating gender-based violence, a sad and shameful reality happening in all the societies of the European Union and across the globe. Combating all forms of gender-based violence against woman and girls is a fundamental pillar of the respect for human or fundamental rights and remains a priority for the EU, both internally and externally.

CEPOL’s Acting Executive Director invites other individuals to join the White Ribbon Campaign and sign a pledge at EIGE’s website by stressing that “violence against women is a crime”, and “victims of violence should be offered the full protection and respect of law enforcement officials”. All supporters of this campaign declare that they will never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and also promise to raise awareness of the issue and to work within whichever means possible towards ending it.

The campaign goes back to a young Canadian man who shot 14 women in 1989 and injured many others because they were women. In the aftermath of this cruel attack, starting in Canada 1991, more and more men (!) have expressed themselves clearly and publicly against violence against women worldwide. The platform for this pledge is the White Ribbon campaign. There are "normal" supporters and "ambassadors" for this campaign. The pins (“ribbon”) for the Ambassadors can be worn on 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) or 8 March (International Women's Day).

EIGE is a European Union agency which supports the EU and its Member States in their efforts to promote gender equality, to fight discrimination based on sex and to raise awareness about gender equality issues.

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