Between 5,000 and 8,000 people were present, Sunday afternoon in Brussels, at the demonstration against violence against women, according to the organizer. Since 2017, each year at the end of November, such a national event has been organized to “move the lines” and push the public authorities to fully assume their responsibilities in the fight against violence against women.
Since the beginning of this year, there have been 18 feminicides, 18 women killed because they were women. As every year for five years, a demonstration against this type of violence is organized in Brussels this Sunday. Belgium has just presented a National Action Plan against violence against women. Our journalist, Chantal Monet, describes this action plan. A plan that includes “200 measures“with in particular these lines of action:
- consent education from nursery school,
- the training of police officers and judges,
- support for authors
- or even the inventory of data.
Our journalist was present at the demonstration in Brussels where she was able to meet the organizer of the mobilization, Céline Caudron.
18 feminicides since the start of this year, 150 since 2017, date of the first national mobilization. And according to a European study, in Belgium 1 in 4 women is a victim of domestic violence. The figures are frightening, yet they do not reflect the reality of violence against women?
“The public authorities do not systematically collect data on violence against women. And so for example, for feminicides, it is the associations that look in the press for the information that can be found there to have a partial vision. reality, since obviously it is only the tip of the iceberg.We know that there are many forms of violence against women who do not go out, because sometimes, we are not aware that we live them. And then even when we are aware of living them, it is not easy to talk about them because we are not often believed “, details Céline Caudron, organizer of this mobilization.
This plan which was just announced two days ago, is it a step in the right direction?
“Compared to the old national action plans that we had since 2001, it is true that it is a plan which is more complete and more coherent. Now, our main criticism is that there is no still no budget line. As long as we do not decide to release a substantial budget to fight against violence against women, we will not move forward “, she believes.
According to the organizer, even if the Action Plan is more complete, “the policies still have not taken the fold of the evolution”. Then she develops: “Mentalities are changing, and therefore we are waiting for concrete measures: investing in social workers in the field who can support the victims, follow the perpetrators in real prevention policies in the long term, unfortunately it costs money and therefore we have to invest in it. Otherwise it will only be fine words “.
The goal is 0 femicide by 2025, is it realistic?
“If we give ourselves the means to achieve our ambitions, yes. So we urgently need to release budgets against violence against women. And it is not only the Minister of Women’s Rights who will be able to move forward in this, it is necessary either all the governments of the different levels of power “, she concludes.
The national mobilization of this Sunday, with a demonstration in Brussels, began some time after 1 p.m. Between 5,000 and 8,000 people were present.