Violence against women, in all its manifestations and forms, constitutes the hard core of gender inequalities and reproduces power relationships between men and women. Violence can be found across classes, has an inter-ethnic/ interracial character and is brutally affecting the fundamental rights of women and girls suffering from it.
CRWI “Diotima” is striving for women’s right to a life without violence, calling together with other women’s and feminist organizations, institutions and organizations of the civil society for:
- Zero tolerance against all forms of violence against women & girls.
- A single and comprehensive law for VAW & G to address violence against women and which will cover violence within the family, violence at work and violence in the society/ community. Legislation against violence should guarantee equal protection and the right of all women – without any exceptions (in terms of class, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, language, specific cultural traits, etc) – to substantial protection, support and rehabilitation (more specifically in terms of prevention, health, housing, social and juridical assistance, education, employment, counseling and legal aid).
- Legislation and policies which will make sure that those involved in the trafficking of women and minors will be prosecuted.
- Availability of resources for the systematic and effective combating of gender based violence (e.g. through counseling centres and shelters and the systematic support of structures and shelters operating by NGOs and women’s organizations).
- Implementation of preventive measures and educational programmes for all educational levels, for the medical and nursing staff, the persecuting and judiciary authorities, lawyers and public social services executives.
- Measures and policies against the commercialization of women’s bodies and the sexist patterns in commercials/advertisement, the media and the internet.
- Respect to the nonnegotiable right of every woman to decide for her life and body.
Within this frame, CRWI “Diotima” has been undertaking various initiatives aiming at the formation of solidarity networks, the completion of studies and research, counseling and advocacy, at the same time offering psychosocial support and informing women through its services. CRWI has also been organizing awareness and sensitization campaigns and producing printed and audiovisual material, in order to promote its various actions and initiatives.