25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
Domestic violence against women is a rising phenomenon that knows no geographical boundary, age limit or colour bar, and affects every type of family relationship and social class. Statistics show that 12% to 15% of women in Europe face violence in the home every day. It is one of the most widespread violations of human rights worldwide, and must be combated.
Since the 1990s, the Council of Europe has actively promoted the protection of women and girls from gender-based violence, namely by adopting Recommendation (2002) 5 on the protection of women against violence and by running a Europe-wide campaign on violence against women, including domestic violence in 2006-2008.
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is the most far-reaching international treaty to tackle this serious violation of human rights. It aims at zero tolerance for such violence and is a major step forward in making Europe and beyond a safer place.
Preventing violence, protecting its victims and prosecuting the perpetrators are the cornerstones of the convention. It also seeks to change the hearts and minds of individuals by calling on all members of society, in particular men and boys, to change attitudes. In essence, it is a renewed call for greater equality between women and men, because violence against women is deeply rooted in the inequality between women and men in society and is perpetuated by a culture of tolerance and denial.
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El Convenio Europeo de Derechos Humanos prohíbe la violencia contra las mujeres, incluida la violencia doméstica y la violencia sexual.
Vea algunos ejemplos sobre la manera en que el Convenio protege los derechos de las mujeres.
- Frequently asked questions
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- Preventing violence against women through formal and informal education: Article 14 of the Istanbul Convention (2022)
- Gender equality and the Istanbul Convention: a decade of action (2021)
- GREVIO General Recommendation No. 1 on the digital dimension of violence against women (2021)
- Break the silence on domestic violence (2008)
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