EU — European Union on Feminicide in Latin America

Dec­la­ra­tion by the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Ash­ton on behalf of the Euro­pean Union on Fem­i­ni­cide
The EU is con­cerned about the raise of gen­der based vio­lence in some areas of Latin Amer­i­ca. The EU is espe­cial­ly and deeply con­cerned about the increas­ing num­ber of homi­cides against women and girls that take place in some con­texts of mass vio­lence and struc­tur­al dis­crim­i­na­tion. The EU strong­ly con­demns all kind of gen­der based vio­lence and the aber­rant crime of fem­i­ni­cide and the pre­vail­ing cul­ture of impuni­ty for these crimes.

The EU prais­es the tire­less and for­ward-look­ing work car­ried out by the Inter-Amer­i­can Court of Human Rights’ in this issue, and con­sid­ers as a pos­i­tive step that the Court has estab­lished that gen­der-based vio­lence can con­sti­tute gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion and its endorse­ment of the con­cept of Fem­i­ni­cide as “Gen­der based-homicides”.

The EU will active­ly sup­port the shar­ing of best prac­tices and coop­er­a­tion with­in Latin Amer­i­ca and is will­ing to offer its coop­er­a­tion on this field in the search of reme­dies to elim­i­nate vio­lence against women, by means of polit­i­cal sup­port, leg­isla­tive coop­er­a­tion and con­crete mea­sures: These mea­sures may include the cre­ation of nation­al data bases, the pub­li­ca­tion of gen­der edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams and man­u­als, stan­dard­iz­ing of pro­to­cols, devel­op­ment of exper­tise or any oth­er ade­quate action. 

Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union 

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