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President Kaljulaid: a society of equal rights must be developed by both men and women working together

President Kaljulaid: a society of equal rights must be developed by both men and women working together
Societies should have fewer barriers to overcome for people who have become victims of violence, President Kaljulaid stressed.
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21.11.2017

"Surveys and studies reveal that equal rights have an important impact on the economy and society in general. The power of legislation alone is not sufficient to change attitudes regarding violence against women and equal rights; men and women need to work together for a more equal society," said President Kersti Kaljulaid today, in Brussels, at the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, which this year will focus on women's rights in turbulent times.

According to the President of the Republic, societies should have fewer barriers to avoid situations in which people who have become victims of violence have to overcome obstacles in order to be heard and get help. "This is not a lack of law and legislation; rather the attitude of people is often the biggest impediment in this matter. Men and women need to pull together to change such attitudes," stated the Head of State.

The objective of the Annual Colloquium is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in the EU. This year the Colloquium will focus on women's rights.

After the conference, President Kaljulaid met with the Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. The options available to bring more equality to European society and institutions were discussed at the meeting as well as the future challenges of the European Union, including the priorities of the European Union's multiannual financial framework, energy security and Rail Baltic.

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