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

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Peace Day 2013

Reducing Domestic Violence Coalition

Violence against women is one of the most flagrant violations of human rights; an issue which concerns all countries in the world. It touches women from all walks of life, irrespective of cultural, religious, economic, social or geographical backgrounds. It happens everywhere: in the “safety” of their own homes, at work, in the streets and in the media among others. 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. 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. With the adoption of the Istanbul Convention in 2011, the 47 member States of the Council of Europe made an important step towards the recognition of their responsibilities in addressing this concern.

The Council of Europe's contribution to the Peace Day on 21 September 2013 will focus on raising awareness of violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention as a tool to end gender based violence, and the No Hate Speech Movement.

As part of the Reducing Domestic Violence Coalition , the Council of Europe will contribute to the Live Global Moments Panel in the Hague. Part of the 24 Global Broadcast for Peace, the panel will bring together experts, high-level representatives and young people to discuss key issues surrounding domestic violence and the steps that need to be taken to tackle this issue in Europe and beyond.

Panel participants include:

Baroness Scotland QC - Founder and Patron of the Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation,
Marja Ruotanen - Director of the Justice and Human Dignity Directorate, Council of Europe,
Laura Bates - Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project,
Dariusz Grzemny - Youth Worker, No Hate Speech Movement,
Monique Coleman - Peace One Day Education Ambassador and UN Youth Champion,
Madi Sharma - Social entrepreneur and founder of the Madi Group.

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2013 Celebration

Video of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe Video: "Domestic Violence and Peace One Day"

Council of Europe Video: No Hate Speech Campaign and Peace One Day

Video: "Reducing Domestic Violence" Coalition, 25 March 2013

Peace One Day

Global Truce 2012

Video:"Reducing Domestic Violence" Coalition, The Hague, 21 September 2013
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