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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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5th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

Strasbourg, 24 May 2018

The 5th meeting of the Committee of the Parties will take place in Strasbourg.

During this meeting the members of the Committee of the Parties will vote (electronic voting) for the election of five additional GREVIO members. This election will be held in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 November 2014.

The Committee of the Parties will also have an exchange of views with Ms Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, as well as with Mme Feride Acar, the President of GREVIO.


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