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Council of Europe campaign "stop domestic violence against women"

Adoption of the Vienna declaration in favour of a European Convention to combat violence against women, including domestic violence
Vienna, 30 April 2008
The contact parliamentarians involved in the Council of Europe's campaign to combat violence against women adopted the Vienna declaration (PDF) at the final conference of the parliamentary dimension of the campaign on 30 April in Vienna. On this occasion, they invited the Council of Europe to draw-up a framework convention to combat violence against women, including domestic violence and to involve parliamentarians and non governmental organisations in the drafting process. This instrument should take account of the specific aspects linked to equality between women and men and be designed to protect victims, punish perpetrators and prevent this human rights violation.
PACE Rapporteur, Mr José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD) presented, on this occasion, the interim results of the mid-term evaluation of the campaign (PDF) to which 40 national delegations, representing 80% of European citizens, contributed.

The final report taking stock of the parliamentary dimension of the Council of Europe Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence, and of the outlook for the future will be submitted to PACE at its 2008 autumn part-session.

Parliaments united in combating domestic violence against women

For the past two years, national parliaments and the PACE have joined forces throughout Europe to combat domestic violence against
women and implement the parliamentary dimension of the Council of Europe campaign launched in Madrid on 27 November 2006. The network of contact parliamentarians has worked hard to combat this unacceptable violation of human rights. The commitment of these parliamentarians invites us all to continue the struggle for all women who are the victims of domestic violence.

Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Governmental dimension of the Campaign
Local and regional dimension of the Campaign

Why an Assembly action?

Domestic violence against women is on the rise again and occurs in every single Council of Europe member state. It knows no geographical boundaries, has no age limit, is not the preserve of any particular race, and occurs in every kind of family relationship and in every sort of social milieu.. Domestic violence is characterised by violent conduct in various forms, physical, (more...)

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Fondation européenne MadariagaPACE committee on Equal Opportunities calls for a framework convention
Strasbourg, 24 June 2008
José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), Rapporteur for PACE Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, said today, with the support of Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis, that it was overwhelmingly important for the Council of Europe to prepare a framework convention covering the severest and most widespread forms of violence against women in Europe. (more...)
Mr BrangerPhoto exhibition ‘Break the silence on domestic violence’ to open at the French Senate
Paris, 24 June 2008
At the initiative of Senator Jean-Guy Branger (France, EPP/CD), who is a member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and a contact parliamentarian for the Council of Europe campaign "Stop domestic violence against women", a Council of Europe photo exhibition, “Break the silence on domestic violence”, officially opens at the French Senate. The opening was attended by the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Michèle André, the head of the Senate delegation for women’s rights and gender equality, Gisèle Gautier. (more...)

Combating domestic violence against women: a challenge for social development
Paris, 15 May 2008
At a colloquy held today by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the French National Assembly, Rama Yade, State Secretary responsible for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, said that the level of progress made by any society could be gauged by the status of women in that society, and that combating domestic violence against women was not only a matter affecting the status of women but also a challenge for the whole process of social development. (more...)

Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland, supports the campaign of the Council of Europe against Domestic Violence.
Helsinki, 7 April, 2008
At the invitation of Jukka Gustafsson, Contact Parliamentarian for Finland, Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland, will hold the opening address of the conference dedicated to the situation of Domestic Violence against Women in Finland (PDF) on 7 April in the Parliament of Finland. (more...)

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