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BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EUelections?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#EUelectionslt;/agt;–TERRE DES FEMMES, a world-wide women’s rights organization, launches
the campaign „Rated by women“ for the elections of the European
Parliament end of May. The EU-flag with its twelve stars becomes a
rating tool showing the progress Europe has made and the distance it
still has to go for the fulfillment of women’s rights. TERRE DES FEMMES
criticizes conservative populist and nationalist movements, the general
absence of a women’s rights agenda for the elections but calls on all
Europeans to vote.

More than half of the population of the European Union are women and
still women’s rights play no role in the current campaigns for the EU
elections in 28 member states. TERRE DES FEMMES’ new campaign brings
women’s rights back on the agenda. It calls on all candidates and
parties to take a stand for more equality and engage in the fight
against prostitution and violence.

For example, TERRE DES FEMMES gives Europe 8 out of 12 stars on the
topic of parity/ gender equality, as with 36.1 per cent in the current
European Parliament women are still underrepresented. Concerning
prostitution only three EU-states have adopted a Sex Buyer Law that
makes buying people for sex a criminal offence. So only one tenth of the
stars on the flag shines. In case of violence against women, the rating
system is put upside-down. As still one third of all women in Europe are
affected by sexual and domestic violence, TERRE DES FEMMES gives Europe
4,5 stars. Four stars symbolize the women affected, another half a star
the high number of unreported cases.

The campaign was launched in Berlin in front of the German Parliament
and is travelling Europe with stops in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris,
Strasbourg, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Munich.

“Europe has made an immense progress in women’s rights but there
is still need for action. Our campaign wants to sensitize the voters for
central themes like prostitution, parity and the prevention of violence
against women. They belong to the agenda of all candidates for the EU
elections. Especially in times with conservative populist and
nationalist movements gaining grounds, it is important to vote and to
continue the progress we have made”, says Christa Stolle, Managing
Director, TERRE DES FEMMES.

Further information: http://www.ratedbywomen.eu/en.html

Contacts

Jerome Cholet
McCann Worldgroup Germany
jerome.cholet@mccann.de