New Report: OSCE Survey on Women in Southeastern and Eastern Europe
Friday, April 26, 2019 1:50 PM

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has published the report OSCE-led Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women focusing on Southeastern and Eastern Europe. One of the main goals of the survey is to provide data on the different forms of violence women in the region experience throughout their lives, including violence in both conflict and non-conflict settings. The report remarks on the previous lack of data on violence against women in this region and how the findings can be used to inform policies and work of women’s rights organizations.

The main findings addressed in the report include:

  • Since age 15, 70% of respondents indicated that they have experienced some form of sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence, and non-partner violence
  • 45% reported being harassed, both in person and online
  • 23% have been the victims of physical and sexual domestic violence
  • 60% have been the victims of psychological domestic violence

The report argues that violence against women and girls is closely connected to the beliefs of subservience and spousal obedience, and reinforced by the silence and stigma surrounding those issues. Additionally, the report identifies lasting effects of violence on the wellbeing of women and girls.

The report calls for increased efforts in implementation of legislation that protects women, increase in awareness in forms of help for women who experience violence and change of social attitudes towards women, amongst others.

Compiled from: OSCE-led Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women, OSCE (Apr. 2019).