Parliaments united to combat violence against women

The Parliamentary Assembly implemented the parliamentary dimension of the Council of Europe Campaign to combat violence against women, including domestic violence (2006-2008). Through the mobilisation of 56 contact parliamentarians in 40 national parliaments and international parliamentary assemblies, more than 200 activities were implemented to raise awareness of the general public. In several countries, laws were changed.

On 3 October 2008, the Parliamentary Assembly decided to ask parliamentarians to remain mobilised. With this perspective, the network of contact parliamentarians was renewed in 2009 to pursue the APCE action to combat violence against women.

List of the contact parliamentarians appointed in 2009
[AS/EGA/Inf (2009)8]

Recent texts of reference of the Parliamentary Assembly

  • Res 1635 (2008), Rec 1847(2008) et rapport de M. Mendes Bota sur Combattre la violence à l'égard des femmes : pour une convention du Conseil de l'Europe
  • Res 1582 (2007) et Rec 1817 (2007) et rapport de M. Mendes Bota sur «Les parlements unis pour combattre la violence domestique contre les femmes»: évaluation à mi-parcours de la campagne

Handbook for parliamentarians (updated in 2008)

Compendium of parliamentary actions and good practices (2006-2008)

The PACE contribution to the Council of Europe Campaign "Stop domestic violence against women" (2006-2008)

 

NEWS
Mendes Bota

Strasbourg, 12 December 2008 - PACE welcomes first step towards a Council of Europe Convention on combating violence against women

“I welcome the decision by the Committee of Ministers to approve the terms of reference of an ad hoc committee to draft a legal instrument aiming at preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence,” said Carina Hägg, Chair of the PACE Sub-Committee on Violence against Women. “Thanks to the involvement of Assembly members and the efforts of the Committee of Ministers supported by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, it is now possible to start work on drafting a convention,” she added.
“But it is only a first step,” she went on to say. “PACE will be closely following the negotiations and will defend the position that it adopted unanimously on 3 October in favour of a convention encompassing the gender dimension and covering the most severe and widespread forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, forced marriages and sexual violence.”

PACE Recommendation 1847 (2008) on “Combating violence against women: towards a Council of Europe convention”
Term of reference of the ad hoc committee

 

Geneva, 4 December 2008 - The results of the PACE Campaign presented to the Interparliamentary Union

Mr Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), Vice-President of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and PACE Rapporteur, presented the results of the action undertaken by PACE in 2006-2008 at the Third Conference for Members of Parliamentary Committees on the Status of Women and other Committees Dealing with Gender Equality devoted to the issue "a parliamentary response to violence against women".

Website of the Interparliamentary Union

 

Madrid, 27 November 2008 - Combating violence against women: mobilising parliamentarians in order to speed up the draft convention

    The Spanish Minister responsible for equal opportunities, Bibiana Aído, expressed her support this morning for PACE Recommendation 1847 (2008), which calls on European governments to prepare a Council of Europe framework convention on the severest and most widespread forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, forced marriages, "honour" crimes and female genital mutilation. "An accurate, reliable diagnosis of the phenomenon of violence against women is the first step towards combating it more effectively,” said Ms. Aído. “It is for this reason that the Spanish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, which begins today, is determined to conduct a more detailed analysis of the phenomenon in member states so that it can work with common parameters." The Minister was addressing the members of the Sub-Committee on Violence against Women in Madrid.
    For his part, the President of PACE, Lluís Maria de Puig, welcomed the fact that the political will to combat violence against women had led to the introduction of legislation in Spain. "Overall, however, there is little cause for satisfaction: it is estimated today that 80 million women in Europe are victims of violence."



Recommendation 1847 (2008)
Combating gender-based violence in Spain: meeting in Madrid
Draft agenda

     

De Puig

Strasbourg, 25 November 2008 - Declaration of PACE Président. On the occasion of the International day for the elimination of violence against women, the President of the PACE, Lluís Maria de Puig, reiterated the PACE’s call on the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to draft, without delay, a convention to combat the most serious and widespread forms of violence against women.

President declaration

 

Bruxelles, audition sur la violence domestique

Brussels, 13 October 2008 - José Mendes Bota presents the results of the parliamentary dimension of the Campaign at the Hearing of the European Parliament on Combating domestic violence

“Our two assemblies have a vital role to perform in combating violence against women,” said José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), PACE member, at the hearing organised by the European Parliament on prevention of domestic violence, in the presence of Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission and Anna Zaborska, Chair of the European Parliament’s gender equality committee. “Eighty million women in Europe had suffered assault” but “reliable statistics were needed” according to Mr Mendes Bota, who had come to present the outcomes of the parliamentary dimension of the Council of Europe campaign “Stop violence against women” (2006-2008).
“One-third of the Council of Europe member states do not regard violence against women as a criminal offence,” he observed, calling on European parliamentarians to support the proposed convention on the severest and most widespread forms of violence against women unanimously adopted by the PACE on 3 October.

 

 

Strasbourg, 3 October 2008 - Launch of the Compendium of parliamentary actions and good practices

On the occasion of the presentation of the report of José Mendes Bota (Portugal, PPE/CD), PACE published a Compendium of parliamentary actions and good practices developed by the PACE, the national parliaments and international parliamentary assemblies from 2006 to 2008 in the framework of the Council of Europe Campaign "Stop domestic violence against women". Available in English and French. The Compendium can be ordered at the Secretariat of the Equality Committee.

 

Strasbourg, 3 October 2008 - PACE calls for a convention to combat violence against women

In a text unanimously adopted today, PACE has recommended that a framework convention of the Council of Europe be drafted on the severest and most widespread forms of violence against women, in particular domestic violence, sexual assaults, harassment, forced marriages, honour crimes and female genital mutilation. According to the Assembly, this convention should encompass the gender dimension and address the specific nature of gender-based violence.
During the debate, the rapporteur of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), asked members of the Assembly to continue to play an active role on this issue and to demonstrate a firm political will. He said that, unless legislation were adopted, this fight would continue to be in vain, and that there was a vital need to provide protection for victims, to prosecute the perpetrators of violence and to introduce effective prevention.

Recommendation 1847 (2008)
Resolution 1635 (2008)
Mr Mendes Bota's report (Doc. 11702)