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ALDE-PACE discussed the state of ratification of the Istanbul Convention

2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). While the Convention has become the most advanced international instrument to protect women form violence, ten Council of Europe member states have not yet ratified or signed it. On 16 June 2021, ALDE-PACE held an exchange of views on the state of ratification of the Convention by the Council of Europe member states. ALDE discussed the situation and prospects of ratification and heard reports from :

Frantisek KOPRIVA (MP, Czech Republic)
Yevheniia KRAVCHUK (MP, Ukraine)
Krista BAUMANE (MP, Latvia)
Arminas LYDEKA (MP, Lithuania)
Hovhannes IGITYAN (MP, Armenia)
Rafael HUSEYNOV (MP, Azerbaijan)

ALDE noted with satisfaction the ratification concluded by Liechtenstein and heard the report from Franziska HOOP (MP, Liechtenstein).

Young people play an important role in shaping a world where violence against women is socially unacceptable. President of LYMEC Antoaneta Asenova-Bihlmayer and Vice-President of ILFRY Yevheniia Fedotova, leaders of the liberal youth organisations, presented their efforts in promoting the convention and women’s rights.

Petra STIENEN (MP, Netherlands) will intervene on behalf of the ALDE group in the debate on "Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention): 10 years on" during the PACE session on 23 June 2021.

ALDE-PACE also welcomed the resolution on “Levelling the Playing Field: Women’s Rights in Modern Liberal Europe” adopted by the ALDE Party congress on 11 & 12 June.

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