06 July 2017

EU signs the Istanbul Convention

On 13 June, the European Union finally signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the “Istanbul Convention.”. By doing so, the EU reaffirmed its commitment to end violence against women and girls and sent a strong political message.

What is the Istanbul Convention?

The convention is signed by most members of the Council of Europe, except Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. So far, 24 countries have ratified the Istanbul Convention, including 14 EU Members: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Here you can access a full overview. 

Who signed and ratified the Istanbul Convention so far?

The convention is signed by all the EU member states and so far, 24 countries have ratified the Istanbul Convention: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Here you can access a full overview. 

Loud and United to end violence against women and girls

A few days before the EU’s signature, the European Women’s Lobby organised a conference and demonstration in the heart of Brussels to end violence against women and girls. We were there! You can reach our article on this interesting event here