1. The Committee on Culture, Science,
Education and Media welcomes the report by Ms Françoise Hetto-Gaasch
(Luxembourg, EPP/CD) on behalf of the Committee on Equality and
Non-Discrimination. It shares the main thrust of the report and
considers that violence against women, together with violence against
children, is a plague that our societies must unreservedly condemn
and fight with all their strength and commitment. Unfortunately
it seems that the efforts already made have not been sufficient
to reduce the extent of the problem and eradicate its causes. This
deserves continuous and serious consideration by all social actors
and we must take concrete and determined action to achieve results.
2. The committee values, in general, the draft resolution submitted
by the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. Based on the
suggestion by its rapporteur for opinion, the committee proposes
the following amendments, which are aimed at strengthening the text
on specific issues within its remit.