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1 The Istanbul Convention Anne Kraus, Council of Europe Committee

2 Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

3 What is “The Istanbul Convention”? The Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence The most far reaching international treaty to tackle this serious violation of human rights Aims at zero tolerance and is a major step forward in making Europe and beyond safer

4 Cornerstones of the Convention Preventing violenceProtecting victims Prosecuting perpetrators

5 Changing attitudes Seeks to change the hearts and minds of individuals Calls on all members of society, particularly men and boys, to change their attitudes Renewed call for greater equality between women and men Recognizes violence against women is deeply rooted in inequality in society Recognizes violence against women is perpetuated by a culture of intolerance and denial

6 Groundbreaking features Recognizes violence against women as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination 1 st international treaty to contain a definition of domestic violence and of gender

7 What does the Convention criminalize? Domestic violence Stalking Sexual violence, including rape Sexual harassment Forced marriage Female genital mutilation Forced abortion or forced sterilization Psychological harm Psychological harm

8 Calls for state agencies and services to coordinate Violence against women and domestic violence are tackled in a coordinated way Agencies and NGOs should not act alone, but work out protocols for cooperation

9 What does the Convention require states to do? It requires states/ governments to implement gender equality policies and to empower women. It is not about treating women as helpless victims but about making sure they can rebuild their own lives and that of their families and communities.

10 Prevention involves Changing attitudes, gender roles and stereotypes Training professionals working with victims Raising awareness Providing teaching material on equality at all levels of education Cooperation and reaching out to the public

11 Protection includes Ensuring that the needs and safety of victims are placed at the heart of all measures Setting up specialized support services Setting up shelters

12 Prosecution ensures that: Violence against women is criminalized and punished Excuses on the grounds of culture, custom, religion or so-called “honor” are unacceptable Victims have access to special protection measures Law enforcement agencies respond immediately

13 Integrated policies Ensure that all of the aforementioned measures form part of a comprehensive and coordinated set of policies and offer a holistic response to violence against women and domestic violence.

14 Who is covered by the Convention? All women and girls From any background Regardless of age, race, religion, social origin, migrant status or sexual orientation Special groups Women and girls at greater risk of violence States need to ensure their specific needs are taken into account

15 How is the implementation of the Convention monitored? Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) An independent expert body Committee of the Parties Political body composed of official representatives of the States Parties of the Convention It elects the GREVIO

16 Leaflet available in 29 languages violence/brochures_en.asp

17 Further information or questions Karin Nordmeyer, Committee Chairman Karin Nordmeyer, Committee Chairman References: and CoE Istanbul Convention leaflet. References: and CoE Istanbul Convention leaflet. Read more info in the “Istanbul Convention” text handout published on the ZI website

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