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A race for the right of women to live free from violence

Statement by Mr Mendes Bota, General Rapporteur on violence against women of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2012) 

 

Strasbourg, 23.11.2012 - “One and a half years ago, a race for the right of women to live free from violence started in Istanbul with the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence,” said José Mendes Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD), General Rapporteur on violence against women of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “25 States joined the race by signing the Convention and starting the preparations for its ratification. However, only one State, Turkey, has so far completed the ratification process,” he continued.

 

“I remain hopeful that 2013 will be the year of the entry into force of the Convention. For this to happen, nine additional States should ratify it. The Parliament of Albania has already approved ratification. Portugal is also close to ratifying the Convention. I hope this will be the beginning of a wave of ratifications,” stated Mr Mendes Bota.

 

“Millions of women throughout the world live in fear and are denied the first human right, the right to live free from violence. Every effort should be made in order to protect these women. On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I urge all member States of the Council of Europe to show their determination to prevent and combat violence against women by joining the race for ratification and making the Convention an effective and concrete tool to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. Women living free from violence will be the winners of this race,” concluded the General Rapporteur.