Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)


   

http://www.coe.int/conventionviolence-geneva2013

Stop Violence against Women by implementing International Standards


A Side Event at the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva

30 May 2013 - 1.15 - 3 pm

Geneva - Conference Room XVI (Building A, 5th Floor, Access by elevators on the right and left side of the Assembly Room)

Background

 

Every day women are stalked, harassed, raped, mutilated, forced by their family to enter into a marriage, sterilised against their will or psychologically and physically abused in the “safety” of their own homes. The examples of violence against women are endless, its victims countless. Many women are too afraid or ashamed to seek help, often paying for their silence with their lives. Those that do speak out are not always heard. Domestic violence is another form of violence that is far too common and that affects not only women, but men, children and the elderly as well.

The objective of the side event will be to present the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) as a global tool to end gender based violence.

 

The Istanbul Convention

 

Opened for signature in May 2011, the Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding instrument in Europe to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence and in terms of scope it is the most far-reaching international treaty to tackle this serious violation of human rights. It aims at zero tolerance for violence against women and domestic violence and is a major step forward in making Europe and beyond a safer place. Preventing violence, protecting its victims and prosecuting the perpetrators are the cornerstones of the Convention, as is the requirement to co-ordinate any such measures through comprehensive policies. In essence, it is a renewed call for greater equality between women and men, because violence against women is deeply rooted in women's inequality in society and is perpetuated by a culture of tolerance and denial.

The Convention covers victims from any background, regardless of their age, race, religion, social origin, migrant status or sexual orientation and calls for the criminalisation of psychological violence, stalking, sexual harassment, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced abortion and forced sterilisation.

To date, the Convention has been ratified by the following 4 member states of the Council of Europe : Albania, Montenegro, Portugal and Turkey and has been signed by 25 member states of the Council of Europe : Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine and United Kingdom.

Any Council of Europe member or observer state, any other state or the European Union may sign and ratify the Convention. It will enter into force following the ratification by 10 countries, including 8 Council of Europe member states. An independent group of experts (GREVIO) will be set up to monitor implementation of the Convention by States Parties.

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The keynote speakers

Ms Marja Ruotanen, Director, Justice and Human Dignity Directorate, Council of Europe

Ms Mona Rishmawi, Chief, Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

H.E. Mr Oğuz Demiralp, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Ms Gauri van Gulik, Global Advocate, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

 
Moderator

H.E. Petru Dumitriu, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva

 
Speeches

Ms Marja Ruotanen, Director, Justice and Human Dignity Directorate, Council of Europe

Ms Mona Rishmawi, Chief, Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

H.E. Mr Oğuz Demiralp, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Ms Gauri van Gulik, Global Advocate, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

 
Contacts

  Ms Liri Kopaçi-Di Michele
Head of Division
liri.kopaci-dimichele@coe.int

  Ms Valérie Giret-Lerch
Administrative Assistant
valerie.giret@coe.int