In 2017, a woman was killed on average every two to three days in Germany by her current or former partner. 147 died in total. The Catholic German Women's Federation calls on politicians to take action.
The Catholic German Women's Federation (KDFB) is calling for greater commitment from the federal and state governments to combat violence against women. "It is frightening that numerous women in our country experience physical, sexual and psychological violence on a daily basis, especially from (ex-)partners in their personal or professional lives," said KDFB President Maria Flachsbarth, referring to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25. November) on Thursday in Cologne.
It is the duty of the federal and state governments to become more involved in the Istanbul Convention to combat all forms of violence against women.
Better victim protection
The KDFB also supports the "Action Program against Violence against Women" initiated by Federal Minister for Women Franziska Giffey (SPD). It offers better protection for victims and secures funding for assistance for women, it said.
Ending gender-based violence also requires a concerted effort by society as a whole, the organization added. Women of all ages, from all walks of life and with and without a migration background are called upon to seek help from the free telephone service "Violence against Women" in the event of domestic or sexual violence.
Light events in Bonn and Cologne
Women's and human rights organizations in NRW will be drawing attention to the ie of "Violence against women and girls" with public campaigns starting next weekend. For example, light illuminations are planned in Cologne and Bonn.
This is how the United Nations women's organization, UN Women, is launching its "Orange the World" campaign in Bonn, as announced by the National Committee Germany of UN Women on Thursday. As a prelude, the buildings of the United Nations, the Deutsche Welle and the Post Tower will be illuminated in orange on Sunday night. Until Human Rights Day on 10. December, further actions are planned under this year's motto #HearMeToo to make the voices of women and girls who have experienced violence heard.
With a day of action in Cologne, Medica Mondiale draws attention to the human rights violations. On Sunday, starting at 4 p.m., a projection on the facade of the Museum Ludwig will show portraits as well as facts and figures on the situation of women and girls worldwide. The day heralds the "16 Days Against Violence Against Women," which will run until 10. December, events will take place to highlight discrimination against women and girls and call for gender justice.