European Coalition to end violence against women and girls

More than 25 European Civil Society organisations, including COFACE Families Europe, have joined forces in this European Coalition to End violence against women and girls (VAWG), led by the European Women’s Lobby, in light of the recent policy developments at EU level regarding violence against women.

The aim of bringing together these European wide civil society organisations is to discuss concrete solutions to move forward and overcome the difficulties in the EU accession process to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention.

The Istanbul Convention is the common name for the Council of Europe 2011 Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and girls and domestic violence. It is the first legally binding treaty in Europe which criminalises different forms of violence against women, sets a comprehensive set of standards to prevent violence and to guarantee the right to every woman to live free from violence. The ratification by the EU of the Istanbul Convention will send a strong political signal that violence against women is not acceptable anymore, anywhere in the EU.

COFACE Families Europe believes that the implementation as swiftly as possible, of the Istanbul Convention will have a real impact on women’s lives in Europe who deserve to live a life free from all forms of violence.

The demands of the European Coalition to End Violence against women and girls are the following one:

The Council of the European Union to ratify without delay the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention), within the most effective scope of EU competence;

EU Member States who have not yet done so to ratify the Istanbul Convention without delay and without reservations, and to put in place the necessary legislative and policy framework to ensure its adequate implementation, including allocating sustainable and adequate funding, and cooperating with civil society and women’s rights organisations;

EU Institutions to fully integrate the Istanbul Convention into the EU legislation and policy framework, establishing an effective and representative EU monitoring framework;

The European Commission and EU Member States to develop a comprehensive EU Strategy to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and girls, and to address all the structural issues that fuel this violence;

The EU to appoint an EU coordinator on ending violence against women and girls, with a strong political mandate and responsibility to: coordinate the EU Strategy and all the efforts of the relevant EU Institutions and agencies; and to facilitate the exchange of good practices for the implementation of the Convention at the national level.

Resources

Joint Statements, media releases, factsheets

  • Factsheet: EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention: A vital opportunity to end violence against women and girls – European Coalition to end violence against women and girls (25 February 2018)
  • Petition: “Rise up against violence!” calling to make Europe a safe space for women and girls
  • Factsheet: The Istanbul Convention: A vital opportunity to end violence against women! – European Coalition to end violence against women and girls (November 2016)
  • Press Release by DG Justice on Focused actions to combat violence against women (24 November 2016)

European Parliament’s Position on the Istanbul Convention

  • Non-Legislative Resolution: Adopted on 28th November 2019 with a landslide majority (500 votes in favour, 91 against and 50 abstentions). The EP calls on the Council to urgently conclude the EU ratification of the IC and asks the seven member states that have signed but not yet ratified it (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and the UK – to do so without delay.
  • The Istanbul Convention: A tool to tackle violence against women and girls (European Parliamentary Research Service, December 2019)

 

 

 


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