Combating violence against women in Europe. When networking makes a difference

TitleCombating violence against women in Europe. When networking makes a difference
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBertoldo A, De Sando V
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2012
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
KeywordsEuropean Networks, violence against women

As underlined by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) -
in the report “Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action by
the EU Member States: Violence against Women Victim Support” - 9 out of 10
victims of intimate partner violence in the EU are women. Although some
European countries – Italy included – have signed the Istanbul Convention for
preventing and combating violence against women at all levels, there is still the
need to implement best practices. The need to define an EU Strategy to combat
violence against women arises in the context of various field work on the EU
Commission that ask to act in a concrete manner. In this framework, the role of
European networks is extremely important: one of the first and wide network build
was ATHENA (Advance Thematic Network of Women’s Studies in Europe). From
the constitution of the network in 1997 there has been a huge growing in the field
of gender studies in Europe and new collaborations and exchanges were made