Brussels plan to fight violence against women: forgotten youth, elderly and precarious workers

Regarding violence against women,certain populations are forgotten or poorly highlighted, such as young people, elderly women, precarious workers, migrant women“This is the observation of the Brussels Council for Equality between Women and Men (CEFH), published in an interim report on the actions of the Brussels Plan to combat violence against women. This report will be presented and debated from this Tuesday in the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Brussels Parliament.

56 actions: this is what the Brussels plan to combat violence against women. Constituted by the regional government under this legislature, it intends to initiate policies to fight violence against women in all areas of daily life and in a concrete way. The training of civil servants, sexual harassment at work, the creation of emergency services… The plan is very broad. Commanded by the Secretary of State in charge of the file Nawal Ben Hamou (PS) and adopted in July 2020, the text is now the subject of an initial evaluation by the Council for equality between men and women.

Regional policy it leaves entire sections of skills in the shadows

Positive or negative? In any case, the CEFH “welcomes the government’s commitment to implement a plan […] in a participatory and democratic process“. If the Plan resumes”all the actions in a structured plan that includes all the regional skills“but missing”regional and integrated political vision of the fight against violence“. Prevention, protection, prosecution and coordinated policies: on these four aspects, the plan does not define any priorities.

The absence of such a structure – widely adopted elsewhere – therefore does not allow to compare the evaluation of the plan with the plans of other entities or other countries, nor to follow the regional policy of the fight against violence at the time It also leaves in the shadows entire areas of expertise in the fight against violence, especially that of health, and that of the fight for women’s financial autonomy.“, adds the CEFH.

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