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PARLIAMENT MOTION for a RESOLUTION paragraph 18/XI/1st On the 10th anniversary of the Day for the Elimination of violence against women in the light of the fundamental values of the constitutional order of the Republic of Portugal, in compliance with the principle of the equality of citizens and of citizens with regard to their rights and freedoms guarantees, inter alia, the right to life and to physical and moral integrity of human beings;
Recalling previous positions adopted by the Assembly of the Republic, in particular resolution No. 17/2007, passed unanimously and acclaim on 12 April 2007;
Reaffirming the commitment contained in the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, and other relevant documents of international law on this subject, to which the Portuguese State is bound;
Aware that gender violence knows no geographical boundaries, ethnic, economic or social, and deeply affects the private life and social relations of a significant part of the population;
MEPs and the members of the Assembly of the Republic, on the occasion of the passing of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the international day for the Elimination of violence against women, say they identify with the principles and objectives underlying this ephemeris, and condemn unreservedly the serious violations of human rights that arises from the unequal relationship between men and women, and that violence tends to perpetuate.
They are also aware that violence against women represents a personal cost translated a unquantifiable suffering and economic cost to society, which supports the costs of health services, law enforcement, judicial and social support that derive from the repeated and expanded this practice type of crime.
In your capacity as the legitimate representatives of the Portuguese people, the deputies and the members of the Assembly of the Republic reaffirmed that violence against women, including domestic violence, should remain a priority in the national policy agenda, and declare your PARLIAMENT will to do everything within their powers, and in collaboration with the other organs of sovereignty the institutions of local and regional authorities as well as civil society organizations also committed to this cause, to: 1. The phenomenon of gender violence is best analyzed, understood and tackled, participating in awareness-raising of the public, and encouraging a permanent improvement of all professionals who deal with the various aspects of this phenomenon;
2. Monitor and evaluate compliance with the existing legislation, and taking legislative initiatives that consider necessary the improvement of the legal system suitable for greater prevention, better protection of victims and a sanctioning and treatment of aggressors more effective;
3. Promote a greater involvement of men in this effort to raise awareness of the unacceptability of violence that falls mainly on women, and in concrete actions for the eradication of the same;
4. Support the signature, approval and ratification of a Convention for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, within the framework of the Council of Europe.
Assembly of the Republic, 25 November 2009 The members and members
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