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Debates
Monday, 11 September 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (debate)
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  Jill Evans (Verts/ALE), in writing. – The European Parliament is sending an important message to the world by supporting the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention - the first legally binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women on an international level. Women and girls have a right to live free from violence and the threat of violence. The Istanbul Convention provides a framework to raise standards and improve protections, and will make a huge difference to the lives of so many. I represent Wales, where figures show that reported domestic violence increased by at least 23% between 2013 and 2015. Estimates by the Welsh Government in 2014 show that domestic abuse affects 11% of women each year in Wales. The situation requires urgent action and I urge the Estonian Presidency of the EU to facilitate ratification without delay.

 
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