Step Up! Is a European-wide campaign promoting the rights of women survivors of violence and their children to access support and protection. Launched nationally in WAVE Member countries as well as internationally from the WAVE office, this campaign aims to step up efforts in Europe to stop violence against women, raise awareness of the problem, and protect survivors through activities which target different stakeholders and decision-makers. The campaign concentrates on the problem of domestic violence and sexual violence against women and their children. Gender-based violence is an epidemic which requires governmental and societal action, and needs to be brought onto the agenda of governments across Europe.
Following the Supreme Court decision to reduce the sentence of two convicted rapists, the Step Up! campaign gathered momentum and received support by women’s organisations, NGOs, as well as policy makers such as the Minister of Health, the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the Minister of Finance, and the Deputy Minister to the President, among others.
The national campaigning women’s organizations in Cyprus are WAVE Members Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and Association of Women to Support Living (KAYAD).
Check out Cyprus’s Step Up! activities here.
Check out the WAVE Step Up! Campaign profile on Facebook, and show your support!
Blog – 14/1/2018