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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.

 

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The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will hold its first meeting on 21-23 September 2015. On this occasion, it will adopt its own rules of procedure and elect its Bureau. The meeting will be held in camera at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg.

The task of GREVIO is to monitor the implementation of the Istanbul Convention by the Parties in the context of two different procedures: a country-by-country evaluation procedure and a special inquiry procedure in the event of serious or large-scale violations of the Convention. GREVIO is currently composed of 10 independent experts elected by the Committee of the Parties for four years, renewable once.  

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