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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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Election of 10 GREVIO members


The mandate of the first 10 members of GREVIO will expire on 31 May 2019. In accordance with Rule 9 of the Committee of Ministers Resolution [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)], Governments from 28 state parties* have been invited to submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the names and the curricula vitae of not more than three candidates, who meet the requirements set out in Rules 2 to 5, at the latest by 1 February 2019.

*Countries entitled to submit candidates : Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey

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