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Protecting women and girls from violence in the digital age – How can international treaties complement one another in dynamic ways ?

Strasbourg 7/12/2021
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Protecting women and girls from violence in the digital age – How can international treaties complement one another in dynamic ways ?

Today, the Secretariat of the Violence Against Women Division of the Council of Europe published a comparative study assessing the relevance of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention) in addressing online and technology-facilitated violence against women.

Following the publication of GREVIO’s General Recommendation No. 1 on the digital dimension of violence against women, the study – produced by independent expert Adriane van der Wilk – explores the extent to which these two international treaties can complement each other in dynamic ways and help address online and technology-facilitated violence against women through co-ordinated policies, prevention, protection, prosecution and international co-operation.

As the most far-reaching legally binding human rights treaty covering all forms of violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention can be a particularly relevant instrument for addressing online and technology-facilitated violence against women while the Budapest Convention is the most relevant international legally binding treaty on cybercrime and electronic evidence and hence provides the potential to prosecute online and technology-facilitated violence against women.

Protecting women and girls from violence in the digital age - The relevance of the Istanbul Convention and the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime in addressing online and technology-facilitated violence against women.


 Protecting women and girls from violence in the digital age - The relevance of the Istanbul Convention and the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime in addressing online and technology-facilitated violence against women.

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