Maria Edera Spadoni (Italy, NR), rapporteur for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will travel to Finland from 3 to 5 November for a fact-finding visit in the context of the preparation of her report on “Systematic collection of data on violence against women”.
Ms Spadoni will seek information on the methods of data collection on violence against women, the use of such data – in particular by the police – and the impact of under-reporting. She will also examine the issues of data protection and the participation of civil society in data collection.
In Helsinki, the rapporteur will meet representatives of the Ministry for Social and Health Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Board, as well as members of the Finnish delegation to PACE and the parliamentary Committee on Employment and Equality.
She will also hold meetings with NGOs and with researchers and experts from the National Institute for Health and Welfare – which produces statistics and surveys to support policy-making – the Centre for Gender Equality Information, and the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy at Helsinki University.
Ms Spadoni already conducted a similar fact-finding visit to Spain on 6-7 May 2015.