Today, the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence enters into force.
Known also as the “Istanbul Convention” because it was opened for signature there three years ago, the treaty obliges the governments which have ratified it to take specific steps to counter all forms of violence against women: from stalking and sexual harassment to domestic violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
“One of the great strengths of the convention – open to all countries – is that it creates an independent group of experts who will report on how governments comply with its standards,” says Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.
By offering a comprehensive framework that is legally binding, the convention will boost measures of prevention and protection and should lead to an increase in the investigation, prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of violence.
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