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Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria have ratified the Istanbul Convention

[Brussels, 14 November 2013] Two countries have ratified the Istanbul Convention in the last 7 days: Bosnia Herzegovina (on the 07/11/2013) and Austria (on the 14/11/2013)!

Only three more ratifications are needed for the Istanbul Convention to enter into force!

The implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, will make a enormous difference in the eradication of violence against women as it sets standards for comprehensive measures to prevent and combat violence against women, recognising that “violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared to men” (Preamble).

Seven countries in total have ratified the Istanbul Convention until now: Albania, Austria, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal and Turkey.

During the next weeks, EWL member organisations will be demanding the use of the Istanbul Convention as a tool of change against violence against women, including rape.

See more information of this EWL-CoE joint project "Act Against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention" here.

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