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Ending misconceptions about the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Ending violence against women is not about ending traditions or ending sexual differences
Council of Europe Strasbourg 22 November 2018
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Ending misconceptions about the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the Council of Europe clears away serious misconceptions about its landmark Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (known as “Istanbul Convention”).

Despite its clearly stated aims, several religious and ultra conservative groups have been spreading false narratives about the Istanbul Convention, especially around the concept of “gender” included in its text. These misrepresentations are exposed and rectified in a new question-and-answer format text released today, which also highlights the focus of the convention to end violence against women and to protect women’s human rights.

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