The European Union is taking concrete action to put a stop on gender-based violence. On Tuesday, 12 September 2017,the Istanbul Convention, was adopted with a large consensus at the European Parliament’s plenary in Strasbourg. This international treaty aims to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, calling for zero tolerance for violation of women’s safety. This is also an important topic at Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2017 in Paris, reflected in the panel discussion “Yes, we can: Nurturing the confidence to lead” which discusses efforts to combat stereotypes and sexism against women and girls. It is high time to move from words to action. Gender parity will not be a reality as long as gender-based violence persists.
During the debate, Member of European Parliament (MEP) Anna Maria Corazza Bildt emphasized that “all Member States must ratify the Istanbul Convention and adopt a zero tolerance policy against gender based violence” while MEP Christine Revault d’Allonnes-Bonnefoy called for “a binding legal act to ensure that the measures of the Istanbul Convention become part of the legal system of the member states”.
Adopted by the Committee of Ministers and opened for signature in 2011 on the occasion of the 121st Session of the Committee of Ministers in Istanbul, the Convention is, as of today, signed by all EU members states and ratified by 14 out of 28 countries. Implementation of the Convention will provide a European common legal framework to minimize and condemn gender-based violence which predominantly targets women. The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention proved its commitment to improve daily life of EU citizens, strengthening trust among the institution and its people.