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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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Third meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention

26 April 2016, Strasbourg

The Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention held its third meeting on 26 April in Strasbourg. On this occasion, the Committee held an exchange of views with Ms Feride Acar, the President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), and Mr Sergiy Kyslytsya, Chairperson of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission (GEC).

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