The European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet in support of the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention.
More than 25 European civil society networks (see full list below) have joined forces in this European Coalition to end violence against women and girls (VAWG), convened by the European Women’s Lobby, in light of the recent policy developments at EU level regarding violence against women. Concretely, the European Commission proposal for the signature and ratification of the Istanbul Convention. The European Commission proposal is currently being analysed and discussed in the Council working party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens’ Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP). Within the European Parliament, a joint report between the LIBE and the FEMM Committees is being drafted by two rapporteurs Ms Corazza Bildt (EPP, Sweden, FEMM Committee) and Ms Revault D’Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D, France, LIBE Committee). Once adopted by the Plenary, this report will give the European Parliament consenting to the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU .
In this specific context, the European Coalition to end VAWG [http://www.womenlobby.org/IMG/pdf/european_coalition_factsheet_final_all_logos.pdf?4577/f4d8bdb21d7e0992413bf7609622bf1ec2964517] calls on different key EU decision makers to act in order to ensure that the EU signs and concludes (ratify) the Istanbul Convention in 2017, in the most meaningful way and within the broadest scope of EU competence as possible.
Furthermore, the European Coalition to End VAWG has sent a letter to the European Commission with their demands regarding the proposal to mark 2017 as year of focused actions against violence against women, which was announced on 25 November this year. In this regard, the European Coalition calls the Commission to ensure that this initiative is part of a broad and comprehensive Strategy to end all forms of violence against women. Download the letter here.
Equinet, European Network of Equality Bodies is an observer within the Coalition, and will be focusing on the work that equality bodies carry out to tackle violence against women throughout 2017.