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Promoting the Council of Europe Convention to combat violence against women

Strasbourg, 18.10.2012 – “We all act at our respective levels to combat violence against women and domestic violence. It can be by providing direct assistance and support to victims, running helplines, securing funding for assistance services, implementing action plans, drafting legislation… but more can be done,” said PACE General Rapporteur on violence against women José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), speaking today at the 14th Conference of the WAVE (Women against Violence in Europe) Network in London.

“More will be done once the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) enters into force,” he added. “The efforts of the Parliamentary Assembly are now concentrated around the promotion of this Convention, a unique instrument and the most advanced international legal instrument in this field”.

“I call on all of you to be messengers for the Convention in your respective countries and to ask for its ratification so as to transform this text into a living instrument,” Mr Mendes Bota concluded.