Joining forces around a landmark treaty on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention after the city in which it opened for signature 10 years ago, on 11 May 2011, is the most far-reaching international legal instrument to set out binding obligations to prevent and combat violence against women. 

The Istanbul Convention recognises violence against women as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. Based on a victim-centred approach, it offers practical tools to ensure the protection of women and girls, their safety and empowerment. It links these to the wider goal of achieving equality between women and men.

Over the past 10 years, it has guided numerous states in advancing their legislation and policies in order to prevent and combat violence against women effectively. The convention makes a difference for women and girls and represents an important advocacy tool. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary means celebrating its transformative power and uniting behind this landmark treaty.

Quote of the day

Marceline Naudi

President of GREVIO

 As emphasised in the Convention, It takes many different measures to prevent violence against women and to protect women from violence - and we all have an important role to play in this – as politicians, as policy makers, practitioners, individuals – it takes all of us, together, to implement the Istanbul Convention – so please, do your bit - help us get there.