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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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4th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

Strasbourg, 30 January 2018


The 4th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention will take place in Strasbourg on 30 January 2018.

During this meeting, the Committee of the Parties will hold an exchange of views with Ms Feride Acar, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) and will receive feedback from the six States concerned on their experiences of GREVIO's monitoring procedure.

Information on the procedure for the election of five new GREVIO members will be provided by the Secretariat to the members and participants of the Committee of the Parties.

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