Member states of the Council of Europe have this week taken new steps to end violence towards women with a convention brought into force on August 1st. Fourteen European nations, including Turkey, have agreed to the commitment that is being nicknamed the ‘Istanbul Convention’.
The convention means that 11 new nations of the European Council will now commit themselves to combating violence towards women. So far 22 members of the Council of Europe, including Georgia and Armenia, have signed the agreement but not yet brought it into law.
11 countries, including Russia, have chosen to ignore the convention completely.
It is believed that more than 12 women a day are killed in Europe because of gender-based violence. This new convention will bring greater protection to those affected and will ensure that all states involved will increase their commitment to ending gender-based violence.