The Istanbul Convention: strengthening the response to ending violence against women

March 6, 2013 | By More

During a side event at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) on 4 March, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri praised the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) as a “gold standard” and welcomed the legally binding instrument as an important addition to existing treaties and the evolving body of norms and standards around the world.

“We have been working closely with the Council of Europe to disseminate the value of the convention and to inspire accession, including by non-members of the Council of Europe,” said Ms. Puri, a keynote speaker at the event. “Beyond the legal basis that a convention provides, these documents also have a symbolic importance. Each new agreement among sovereign States that reaffirms women’s inviolable human rights tilts the balance toward positive change.”

Co-organized by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of France to the UN, “Violence against women: our concern, our response” was a side event focused on the Istanbul Convention in the framework of international and regional legally binding treaties and its significance as an efficient and practical tool for Governments in Europe and beyond.


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