Conference "Women's rights at the crossroads" on the improvement of international co-operation to end violence against women

Strasbourg 24/05/2019
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From domestic violence to rape, to trafficking of migrant girls and female genital mutilation, violence against women takes many forms – and it requires concerted action to stop it.

A Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg on Friday 24 May – open to media, in Room G03 of the AGORA building – brought together high-level participants from across the globe to highlight the work and activities of the “Platform of Violence against Women experts. ” The platform better coordinates worldwide efforts to stop violence against women, which not only violates women’s human rights but also impedes gender equality.

Marlène Schiappa, French State Ministry denounced a backlash against women’s rights and called on all countries in Europe and beyond to commit to adopting the convention’s standards, which effectively protect women. "While no country in the world has achieved perfect equality, Europe is a most effective ladder to advance and protect the rights of women everywhere,” she said.

The conference was organised in co-operation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences and with the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Led by UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonović, the platform develops links between the UN and regional independent monitoring mechanisms to ensure that national laws against such violence are adopted and respected in practice.

Read the full press release

"Making women’s rights a reality: conference unifies efforts for global application of Istanbul Convention" ,French State Secretary Marlène Schiappa

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