Belgium: EU joins international pact combating violence against women

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union on Thursday confirmed its commitment  to combating violence against women within its territory and globally.

In a press statement issued after the European Council adopted two decisions on the signing of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the EU also confirmed the strengthening of the existing legal framework and its capacity to act.

The Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe is the most comprehensive international treaty on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention was presented in 2011 and entered into force in August 2014. It recognises violence against women as a human rights violation.

Also, it addresses violence against women through measures aimed at preventing violence, protecting victims, and prosecuting the perpetrators.

"Violence against women is a violation of human rights and an extreme form of discrimination. By joining the Istanbul convention, the EU reaffirms its leading role in ending violence against women and tackling all forms of discrimination based on gender. This is yet another achievement that will surely have a positive effect on those who are vulnerable to gender-based violence," said Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of Malta.

"All EU member states have already signed the Convention," the statement said. "Having the EU join the Convention as well will ensure complementarity between the national and EU level and will consolidate the capacity for the EU to play a more effective role in international fora such as the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence."

According to  available data: One in three women in the EU has been a victim of physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15; one in 20 women has been raped; over half (55%) of women have experienced sexual harassment; one in three women has experienced psychological abusive behaviour by a partner; and one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an adult during childhood.
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11 may 2017 09:51:52

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