Seminaari naisiin kohdistuvan lähisuhdeväkivallan lopettamiseksi 24.11.2017 [fr]

Ranskan instituutti järjesti johtajansa Jeannette Bougrabin aloitteesta Yhdistyneiden kansakuntien kansainvälisen naisiin kohdistuvan väkivallan lopettamisen päivän aattona perjantaina 24. marraskuuta Eurooppasalissa Helsingissä seminaarin, jonka tarkoituksena on herättää keskustelua naisiin kohdistuvan lähisuhdeväkivallan laajuudesta. Seminaarin avasi presidentti Tarja Halonen ja moderoi Helsingin Sanomien toimituspäällikkö Erja Yläjärvi. Tilaisuudessa kohtasivat kansalaisjärjestöjen ja julkisen vallan edustajat sekä alan tutkijat.

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Suurlähettilään puhe

Dear all,

It’s not easy to conclude this seminar.

First of all I would like to warmly thank all the partners and speakers who helped us to organize and manage this important seminar.

Let me express special thanks to Elie. With courage, your testimony this morning has put a human face on the large anonymous victims of domestic violence. I want also to express special thanks to Mme Jeannette Bougrab, the director of the French institute, who initiated this seminar, in the context of the UN international day for eradication of violence against women, . I would like also to address my deep thanks to her team, and in particular to Suzanna Juvonen, who worked hard on the preparation of this project.

This event today, organized by the French institute, with the support of the French Embassy is part of a multi-year program of seminars dealing with Human rights, and in particular women rights and gender equity.

And to conclude this seminar I would like to highlight this main point: violence against women is a violation of a fundamental HR: the right to security, the right to the protection of human physical integrity.

France and Finland are two countries very attached to freedom, HR and equality, including gender equality. Therefore we thought it was making sense to open a constructive dialogue to share our experiences in addressing the challenge of domestic violence against women.

Indeed, we are both facing huge challenge in our societies with an unacceptable level of domestic violence against women…. This is a shame. A shame for men, a shame for the families, a shame for public authorities, a shame for our entire societies.How is it possible? why is it so difficult to take into account this challenge, to address publicly the problem ?

I hope that the first panel this morning dealing with “this denial of reality” has helped us to breaking down the wall of silence. Indeed, if we want to address effectively the challenge, it is essential to start by recognizing the problem and the scope of the challenge, the magnitude of the problem as it was highlighted by Amnesty international.

And then, in a second step, could it be possible to design effective policy and concrete actions to deal with this challenge? The speakers of the second panel presented examples of good practices as well as concrete solutions to be implemented, but also obstacles to be overcomed. I hope some of the solutions and recommendations presented this morning will be used to improve our policies, both in France and Finland.

In France as in many countries around the world, there is currently a growing public debate regarding sexual harassment with some important actions to be decided very soon : for instance the decision to establish new penalties for sexist insults or to introduce in the French law a presumption on the absence of consent for sexual relationships with children.

And tomorrow, President Macron will present new measures in order to achieve better results concerning gender equality that has been established as a great national cause for his presidential term.

To conclude, let me again talk about the EU, the European Union.

As it was said by President Macron two months ago, in his speech at the French university la Sorbonne, the EU project is not only an attempt to build a single free market. It is a political vision, to provide peace and security to European citizens, to protect these citizens, in promoting the rule of law, democratic governance and full respect of the HR. This commitment is at the core of the European compact: this is not negotiable, in particular gender equality and full respect of women rights.

Having said that, let me share a dream with all of you. The dream that European union could be the first place in the human history where domestic violence against women would be eradicated, with France and Finland at the forefront of the global mobilization. Yes we can,…do it. Please do it !

Thank you again for your participation. /.

Julkaistu 05/12/2017

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