Participation of Mrs. Roberta Alma ANASTASE, Head of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation and Mr. Daniel DULCA, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, in the IPU Regional Conference for Central and Eastern Europe, Bucharest, 12-14 June 2017
The PABSEC Delegation composed of Mrs. Roberta Alma Anastase, Head of the PABSEC Romanian Delegation and Mr. Daniel Dulca, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, took part in the IPU Regional Conference for Central and Eastern Europe on “Making laws work to end violence against women and girls” in Bucharest, during 12 - 14 June 2017.
This important event was organized by the Parliament of Romania, by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and by two prestigious NGO’s (Global Rights for Women and Vital Voices), who had the initiative to bring this topic, to the public awareness.
The Conference was attended by parliamentary delegations from 20 countries, governmental officials, members of parliamentary assemblies and international organizations, representatives of the civil society, experts and members of the diplomatic corps.
In her intervention, at the Conference opening, Mrs. Anastase underlined the fact that violence against women is today an issue on all agendas, both at the national and at the international level and it concerns all the countries of the world. That is why the United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Mrs. Roberta Anastase reminded that the PABSEC has stressed upon the fact that the principle of equality is primarily enshrined in the Constitutions of the BSEC Member States and that the legislation in all the Member States generally guarantees equal rights for men and women and non-discrimination in all spheres of society. Moreover, reforms continue to be implemented in the Civil, Penal and Labor Codes and in other legal instruments of several Member States, and numerous strategies are created in order to promote gender equality.
The PABSEC reaffirms its belief that the empowerment of women and the achievement of gender equality are a matter of human rights, being a key component of social justice and a prerequisite for sustainable development. In this respect, the Assembly adopted several recommendations regarding this important aspect of our society.
The speakers to the Conference highlighted the role of the national parliaments in preventing and combating the violence against women, underlining that the parliaments have the responsibility to improve and to complete the legislative framework, in order to prevent and sanction the violence acts against women, to facilitate the denunciation of the aggressors and to protect the victims in an efficient way, making the necessary budgetary modifications and adopting educational policies that should aim at eliminating the current stereotypes which lead to the perpetuation of this phenomenon.