European Union – Violence Against Women – Our Concern, Our Response

by Veronica Fernandez Mendez, UNI Global Union, I tweet at @veronicauni

Many years ago, the EU ran a campaign against violence against women.  The Council of Europe adopted a convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul convention) but this has not yet been ratified by all member states.  The French Minister of Women’s Rights, Najat Valland, said that France was always a pioneer, encouraging civil society to work against female genital mutilation and, together with Netherlands, promoted the Istanbul convention. She stressed the importance of involving police, judges, teachers and doctors to develop a system to assist victims of violence. 

Jean Claude Mignon, the President of the European Parliamentary Assembly said that 58 countries in Europe are in favour of the convention, so the convention must be ratified.

Ministers from many countries – Turkey, Poland, Italy - said that the convention should be ratified to achieve zero tolerance of violence against women and girls.

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