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International Women’s Day - Statement by Secretary General

More progress needed to end violence against women
Secretary General Strasbourg 7 March 2019
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Thorbjørn Jagland

Thorbjørn Jagland

For the International Women’s Day (8 March), Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement:

We are achieving vital goals to end violence against women, but more progress is needed.

Ever since it was signed in Istanbul in 2011, the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (known as “Istanbul convention”) has proven to be an increasingly effective and recognised international legal instrument.

With 33 ratifications so far, the Istanbul Convention requires criminalising and legally sanctioning different forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment and psychological violence.


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