On June 29, 2017, during the Strasbourg Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) session in Strasbourg, Mrs. Oana Bîzgan-Gayral, MP, Member of the Romanian Parliament Delegation to PACE, and Chairman of the Commission for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Chamber Deputies, had in intervention in the debate on “Stopping Sexual Violence and Harassing Women in Public Space”.
She stressed that both sexual harassment and other forms of violence in public places are a daily reality for women and girls in Europe, regardless of where they come from. The deputy also stressed the importance of education in the fight to stop violence and gender discrimination. “Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. It is essential to work together to educate men on these issues so that they become aware and reject abusive harassment and behaviors and also make them known when they see them. At the same time, it is essential to educate women and girls about their rights: where they can get help and how they can help themselves.”
The Romanian parliamentarian considers that taking a position and sanctioning hatred and public violence against women and girls is very important. This struggle “does not just refer to the victims, it concerns us all, as a community. Especially when victims, women and girls, represent half of the total population. More concise, the victims are our daughters, sisters, friends and colleagues,” Mrs. Bîzgan-Gayral underlined.
Madame MP made aware her belief that a community which accuses or excludes a group today can do the same thing to another vulnerable group tomorrow. “Whatever the form of violence, for whatever reason, be it gender, ethnicity, race or religion, we are all victims, because a divided society can not prosper. There are now many risks that endanger our struggle for unity, and tolerating evil make us accomplices in creating and encouraging it. Let us all oppose violence against women, and this will unite and strengthen our value as a modern society,” concluded the Romanian MP.