Today, the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention issued a declaration on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature to the Istanbul Convention, highlighting 10 steps for a renewed decade of action.
Through these 10 principles, the Committee of the Parties takes stock of the major impact of the Istanbul Convention, shares its concern about persistent obstacles to the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence covered by the convention, and reiterates its will and determination to strengthen and accelerate efforts in the next decade to eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.
Anchored in the aims and principles of the Istanbul Convention and recalling that violence against women constitutes a serious violation of human rights and a major obstacle to the achievement of gender equality, the declaration highlights the potential for sustainable change through the full implementation of the Istanbul Convention.
With this declaration, the Committee of the Parties recognises the added value of the Istanbul Convention and acknowledges the major contribution of its monitoring mechanism. Condemning any steps taken to move away from its standards, the Committee of the Parties invites Council of Europe member and non-member states to ratify the convention and join efforts to build a society free from violence against women.