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Jagland: Europe must do more to combat violence against women

“Liberating women from violence and domestic violence, is important for the process of improving societies in general,” said Thorbjørn Jagland today, at a European Parliament, Strasbourg Round table conference.

“Women are the most important and constructive transformative force in our societies and that is why I am so eager to see us combat more forcefully violence against women.”

Speaking at the event entitled ‘The Elimination of Violence against women – a European challenge,’ Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and gender Equality Věra Jourová, committed the European Commission to ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence – better known as the ‘Istanbul Convention.’ It came into force on 1 August 2014.

Secretary General Jagland encouraged this move, declaring that it would “send a very powerful message.”

He added: “The Istanbul Convention is not only for Europe. It can be used as a reference and an inspiration for to others.”

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