The CDEG took note with interest of Recommendations 1868, 1872 and 1873 (2009) of the Parliamentary Assembly on the following issues respectively: “Action to combat gender-based human rights violations, including abduction of women and girls”; “The rights of today’s girls: the rights of tomorrow’s women” and “Sexual violence against women in armed conflict”.
It notes that these three texts contain recommendations on the protection of women against violence and would like to make a general comment.
It supports these recommendations totally and recalls the action it has undertaken since the end of the 1970s and that it continues to undertake against all forms of violence against women, including forced marriages. The CDEG is pleased that its efforts together with those of the Parliamentary Assembly have led to the drafting of the first European human rights treaty in this field, a Council of Europe convention for combating all forms of violence against women.
As regards the scope of application of the convention, the Ad hoc Committee for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) decided that the convention should cover all forms of violence perpetrated against women, whether physical, psychological, sexual or economic in nature. The convention should cover any act of gender-based violence, which results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in the public or private sphere.
This would include, but not be limited to, the following:
Like the Parliamentary Assembly, the CDEG hopes that the Committee of Ministers will soon address the recommendation on the role of women and men in conflict prevention and resolution and in peace building to Council of Europe member states.
The follow-up to the implementation of this recommendation could contribute on the one hand to the evaluation of the progress achieved in the preparation of national action plans in the application of Resolutions 1325 and 1820 of the United Nations Security Council, and on the other hand to the efficiency of the measures taken to assist women victims of sexual violence in armed conflicts.