30 September 2017

Accession of the European Union to the Istanbul Convention endorsed by the European Parliament

On 12 September, the European Parliament endorsed the accession of the European Union to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. MEPs highlighted that the denial of SRHR services is a form of violence against women and girls.

The Convention is the most far-reaching international treaty and the first legally binding instrument to fight violence against women and commits signatories to implement measures to protect victims, persecute perpetrators and prevent these crimes.

In relation to SRHR, the resolution “strongly affirms that the denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls; reiterates that women and girls must have control over their bodies and sexualities; calls all the Member States to guarantee comprehensive sexuality education, ready access for women to family planning, and the full range of reproductive and sexual health services, including modern contraceptive methods and safe and legal abortion" and recognizes forced pregnancy as a crime against humanity and a form of gender-based violence. 

The full resolution can be found here