Press release - DC140(2011)

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General sees 2011 Convention as new hope in stopping violence against women

Strasbourg, 24.11.2011 - Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio has urged governments to sign and ratify Europe’s first treaty aimed at combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Speaking on the eve of 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, she said the Council of Europe’s new Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence had the potential to truly make a difference to the lives of millions of women.

“Violence against women, in any of its many forms, is an appalling violation of human rights. It is a brutal, often deadly reflection of the inequality suffered by far too many women in our societies.” she said.

“Every year on 25 November, world leaders condemn gender-based violence, but little changes on the ground. 2011 marks a watershed: thanks to the Convention, the Council of Europe is now able to offer a real tool for change.”

The Convention, opened for signature in May this year, is the most far-reaching international legal text in the world, with measures to prevent violence, protect victims and punish perpetrators. It recognises the state’s responsibility to act against any form of violence to women and to end impunity for perpetrators.

For more information on the Council of Europe’s work to combat violence against women

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
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