On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement:
“Violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious – and sadly most tolerated – human-rights violations worldwide.
No magic bullet exists to solve this problem, but I call on all 47 of our member states to adopt our award-winning Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
This international legal treaty remains the first and only one to criminalise all forms of violence against women – physical, sexual and psychological. It obliges states that have fully adopted it to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.
Since last year, we have set up an independent expert group – GREVIO – to monitor implementation of our convention by states that are parties to it.
With 20 signatures and 19 ratifications so far, I call on those states that have neither signed nor ratified this treaty to do so without delay:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Moldova and the Russian Federation.
It is time to join your neighbours, so that Europe has a real, zero-tolerance response to violence against women.”
- Press release
- Speech by Thorbjørn Jagland
- Interview with Liri Kopaci
- Interview with Feride Acar
- Interview with Dubravka Simonovic
- Interview with Sergiy Kyslytsya and Kira Appel