Commemoration Held for Victims of Violence Against Women in Hungary

  • 27 Nov 2023 7:14 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Commemoration Held for Victims of Violence Against Women in Hungary
Opposition party Momentum and women’s NGOs held a commemoration in front of the prime minister’s office in Budapest on Saturday marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Opposition MEP Katalin Cseh asked the government to launch a campaign to draw attention to this serious problem, noting that on average one woman per week dies in Hungary due to a violent crime.

Momentum head Ferenc Gelencsér, and MPs Anna Orosz and Éva Sebők also spoke at the commemoration, saying they had submitted two resolution proposals to Parliament for the protection of women.

The proposals ask the government to take decisive and effective action against forms of violence that typically or exclusively affect women. In response to the commemoration, the Government Information Centre (KTK) said violence against women is on the rise due to the pro-immigration policies of Brussels and the parties on the left.

KTK said in a statement that “today those are demonstrating in front of the Carmelite Monastery, who vote for everything in Brussels to flood Europe with migrants,” and added that Cseh herself supported all proposals from Brussels to settle migrants. KTK said “in Europe, Hungary is the only country where people are asked what they think about Brussels’ pro-immigration policy and the fact that they want to create migrant ghettos in our country as well”.

Fidesz MEP Calls for Standing Up for Abused Women

Fidesz MEP Lívia Járóka has called for paying increased attention to violence against women and helping the victims in the European Union through comprehensive regulations and national programmes.

Járóka submitted written remarks to an EP session commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to which United Nations dedicated November 25 in 1999.

Járóka said “instead of empty words and forcing the ratification of the failed Istanbul Convention”, central and regional programmes and united social actions were needed for preventing violence against women.

“One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. This figure is estimated to be double that among Roma women and girls.”

Járóka welcomed Hungary and Czechia’s decision not to ratify the convention, arguing that those countries could now create “strong national guarantees for the protection of women’s rights and dignity”.

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