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Violence against women

Event date: 23/03/2021

Violence against women

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, also known as the Istanbul Convention, is the first legally binding international instrument on this issue. It establishes a comprehensive framework of measures for preventing such violence, supporting victims and punishing perpetrators.

The European Parliament first sounded the alarm about the problem of violence against women in a resolution of 11 June 1986. Since then, Parliament has played a particularly important role in the field, including through the work of its Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). As of October 2020, it has been signed by all EU Member States, and ratified by 21.

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During the plenary session (7-10 June 2021) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs debate on Women in politics - combatting online abuse

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Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equalit (FEMM) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) meet in the European Parliament in Brussels to consider a draft legislative own-initiative report which calls on the Commission to table a Directive on combatting gender-based cyberviolence.

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Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) vote on the draft report on “The situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU, in the frame of women’s health”.

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During the plenary session (24-25 March 2021), MEPs debate Turkey's withdrawal from Istanbul convention

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