70% of women in Eastern Europe have experienced harassment and violence

According to a new survey by the OSCE, 70% of women in Eastern Europe reported some form of harassment -- that’s an estimated 16 million women who have experienced some form of abuse or violence since the age of 15.

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Why this story matters:

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) published a study on violence against women in Eastern Europe last week.

The study, which describes violence against women as “a persistent human rights violation”, found that two thirds of women in Eastern Europe saw violence against women and girls as common in their community.

70% of women reported some form of harassment, including stalking, domestic violence or sexual harassment. That’s an estimated 16 million women who have experienced some form of violence since the age of 15. Worryingly, 74% of women suggested that they were unaware of what to do if they found themselves in a violent situation. 

The most prevalent form of domestic abuse is psychological violence with 60% of women reporting they had experienced such abuse. This physiological abuse includes controlling and abusive behaviour. Furthermore, 23% of women interviewed reported that their partner had sexually abused them.

Details from the story:

  • Over 15,000 interviews were conducted for the study.
  • Eight Eastern European countries were included, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.
  • Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE, has used the result of the study to highlight the need for politicians to enact greater policies to combat violence against women, thanking the women who shared their experiences.
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