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End Domestic Violence Against Women

Datum: 2017-11-24
Tid: 08:30-12:30
Plats: Helsinki
Typ: Seminar

End Domestic Violence Against Women

The aim is to raise awareness and generate discussion about the severity of the domestic violence against women in Finland, to highlight the importance of the national and international legislation in controlling problematic on violence, to approach the topic from the cultural perspective in comparing France and Finland and to build bridges between specialists, authorities and decision makers. The seminar will be moderated by Erja Yläjärvi, Chief Editor of Helsingin Sanomat.

The seminar has been officially accepted as part of the “100 acts for gender equality” project, which is part of the official programme of the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017, launched and directed by the Federation of women associations and Council for gender equality.

The seminar will be organised in English.

Free entrance but registration is mandatory as seating is limited.

More information and registration: institut(at)france.fi

Programme draft:

08h30 Registration and breakfast

09h00 Opening speeches

09h30 1st panel discussion

10h30 Victims’ testimony session

11h00 2nd panel discussion

12h00 Conclusion

12h30 End of the seminar

According to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Finland is still one of the three most violent countries for a woman. Women are victims of the domestic violence more often than men – three cases out of four. According to Statistics Finland’s data, there were 8,800 victims in domestic violence offences recorded in 2016, of what 5,200 cases were between married or cohabiting couples and former married or cohabiting couples. The victim was a woman in around 80 per cent of cases. According to the homicide statistics the second most general homicide type is a kill of women committed by partners or ex-partners (16 %). According to a rapport of Finnish National Institute for health and welfare (2016), there was 16 % increase of victims, 94 % of women, entering to the shelters compared to the previous year.

UN’s definitions for different type of violence:

Violence against women is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and shall mean all acts of gender‐based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

Domestic violence shall mean all acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occur within the family or domestic unit or between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim.