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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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Election of 10 GREVIO members

The first ten GREVIO members were elected on 4 May 2015 for a term of four years. Their mandate will expire on 31 May 2019.

In accordance with Rule 9 of the Committee of Ministers Resolution [Res(2014)43] on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)], Governments from 33 State parties were invited to submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the names and the curricula vitae of candidates who meet the requirements set out in Rules 2 to 5. The deadline for submission of candidates for the election of 10 GREVIO members expired on 1 February 2019. The Secretary General has received 26 candidates from 19 State parties.

The Committee of the Parties will elect 10 GREVIO members, by secret electronic voting, during its 7th meeting on 1 April 2019


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