Gender-based violence: do not forget older women!

michelen-studios-from-unsplashOn 10 May we shared our views on violence against women with the European Commission. This happened in the framework of a consultation to assess the actions taken by member states to address this issue.

We drew attention to the fact that older women are often forgotten in policies around gender-based violence. And so despite the additional factors of vulnerability that older women experience, including life-long histories of intimate partner violence and the intersection between ageism and sexism leading to multiple discrimination.

At AGE we are working with the European Commission and other civil society organisations to make sure older women are part of discussions. We do so in the framework of the EU Victims’ Rights Platform and the European Coalition to end Violence against Women and Girls, of which we are part.

You will find our responses to the consultation here

For more information, you can contact Borja Arrue,, Policy Officer responsible for elder abuse.


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