Almost 100 civil society organisations have written to EU leaders calling for better training and clear codes of conduct for all events following incidents that were disrespectful or discriminatory towards women - and in particular women of colour.

The letter, drafted by the European Network on Debt and Development, was prompted by an incident during a panel event at the European Development Days in June at which Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer made concluding remarks deemed “very disrespectful” to its Director, Jean Saldanha. A video of this event has since been viewed online more than 10,000 times.

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Disrespectful behaviour towards woman of colour at the EDDs and need for effective prevention and redress mechanisms