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Representatives from European municipalities discussed and exchanged good practices on women’s and gender policies with a special focus on tackling domestic violence against women and trafficking in women.
Cities are important actors in the field of women’s and gender politics. In signing the European Charta for Equality between Women and Men in Local Life, many cities committed themselves to developing and implementing gender equality policies.
On the initiative of the Vienna City Councillor Sandra Frauenberger the exchange between European cities and the cooperation on women’s and gender issues gained new momentum by enlarging the women’s network FemCities. Originally, FemCities had been a cooperation between Central European cities, especially in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Ten years after the network’s launch, FemCities expanded and won new partners, in particular cities from Western, Southern and Northern Europe.
In the context of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” and the Council of Europe’s campaign against domestic violence, the conference held on 6 December 2007 took up domestic violence and trafficking in women as essential urban issues for an international exchange of best practice models.
Against the backdrop of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” and the Council of Europe’s campaign against domestic violence, challenges for the agenda of the cities in the field of domestic violence were discussed.
European cities are increasingly confronted with the problem of trafficking. Based on best practice examples, potentials for future activities of cities to fight trafficking were identified and discussed.
In a first step future orientations and possibilities of the network were discussed together with potential partners from other European cities.
VENUE: MOYA (Museum of Young Art), Löwenstraße 20, 1010 Vienna
DATE: Thursday the 6th of December 2007