Right-wing politics, social media fuel anti-woman violence: EU commissioner

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Attempts to end violence against women and girls in the European Union are being stymied by a mix of right-wing politics and social media that inflames sexism and stereotypes, a top women’s rights official said on Wednesday.

Scant progress has been made in reducing gender-based violence despite legislation, education campaigns, law enforcement and justice systems, said Vera Jourova, the EU Justice and Gender Equality Commissioner, in an interview.

One in three women in the European Union has experienced physical or sexual violence in the previous five years, according to the most recent data by the EU’s European Institute for Gender Equality.

“There has not been progress yet,” said Jourova, who was in New York to meet with United Nations officials.

“In some states, we even see…

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