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Convention to protect women against all forms of violence enters into force

31/07/2014

Secretary General urges further ratifications
Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
 

Strasbourg, 31.07.2014 - Europe is taking a leading role to protect women’s rights around the world, as the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence enters into force tomorrow.

Known also as the “Istanbul Convention” because it was opened for signature there three years ago, the convention obliges governments that have ratified it to take specific steps to counter all forms of violence against women: from stalking and sexual harassment to domestic violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

“All need to act now to improve the lives of the many women and girls who are subjected to violence, simply because of their gender,” says Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in a video message, urging remaining member states to sign and to ratify the convention. (more...)

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