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The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. It is the obligation of the state to fully address it in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. Failure to do so would make it the responsibility of the state. The convention leaves no doubt: there can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence on a large-scale and state agencies and institutions turn a blind eye.
GREVIO 9th meeting
14 - 17 February 2017
GREVIO held its 9th meeting, from 14 to 17 February 2017 in Strasbourg. During this meeting GREVIO approved its first ever draft evaluation reports on Monaco and Austria. It also conducted a preliminary examination of the state reports from Albania and Denmark.
GREVIO held an exchange of views with the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muižnieks; following which it adopted a statement, in particular concerning the Istanbul Convention and the issue of "gender" to be issued on International Women's Day - 8 March 2017.
GREVIO's list of decisions can be found here.