STA, 25 November 2019 - Various forms of violence experienced online will be in the focus as Slovenia joins a 16-day international campaign addressing violence against women. The Ministry of Labour, the Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities says a number of studies have shown online violence and harassment of women is increasing.
To address the issue, an international conference will be held at Brdo pri Kranju on Wednesday to present a project aimed to combat various forms of digital violence.
The campaign will be launched today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, running until Human Rights Day, observed on 10 December.
Statistics show that one in two Slovenian women have experienced at least one form of violence before turning 15.
The ministry says Slovenia has committed to make major progress in addressing the issue of violence against women.
It notes the country has taken a major step forward by ratifying the Council of Europe's convention against violence against women and domestic violence.
This year Slovenia compiled its first report on the implementation of the convention and submitted it to GREVIO, a monitoring mechanism set up to ensure parties to the convention implement it effectively.
The UN declared 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1999 to remember the assassination of the Mirabel sisters from the Dominican Republic.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has noted violence against women is one of the most wide-spread and persistent violations of human rights, urging action.
Globally, more than a third of women have already experienced physical and/or sexual violence, with 750 million marrying before the age of 18.
In 2017, at least 87,000 women and girls were killed around the world only because they were women. As many as 58% were victims of their partners or other family members, UN statistics show.