On 11 May 2017, the European Union (EU) publicly declared its intention to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention. The Istanbul Convention is the common name for a Council of Europe Convention from 2011 aiming at combatting violence against women and domestic violence. It addresses different forms of violence against women, through measures aimed at preventing violence, protecting victims, and prosecuting the perpetrators.
It is the first legally binding treaty in Europe that criminalises different forms of violence against women.
With this declaration, the EU sends the world a message about its commitment to fighting the violation of women’s rights.