Violence against women is “an extensive human rights abuse” across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue, published on Wednesday.
And in some really odd places. Polly’s Scandi Heavens, mostly…
The report ranks countries in order depending on the responses to the survey. In three countries often praised for their gender equality, for example, high numbers of women report suffering violence since the age of 15: in Denmark 52%, Finland 47%, and Sweden 46% of women say they have suffered physical or sexual violence.
Now, why should this be? Is Magnus, Mikko and Axel prone to knocking the little woman around after too much aquavit, or has their imported population brought with them their quaint habits?
Or…could it be something a little more prosaic?
However, campaigners to end violence against women advised caution in reporting country-wide differences, given different levels of awareness of what constitutes abuse.
A loaded phrase indeed.