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Monday, 25 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

EU accession to the Istanbul Convention and other measures to combat gender-based violence (debate)

  Frances Fitzgerald (PPE). – Mr President, we’ve heard the stories here tonight and we have to ask ourselves what is happening in our democracies that we still have this endemic level of violence against women. Right across every Member State, and indeed across the world, we have to do everything we can to call it out. No one person, no one institution is going to change this. It’s about many, many actors coming together to work to make a difference. We need policymakers, law enforcement officials, judges, social workers, sisters, brothers. We need male ambassadors who will work to make sure that we eliminate the violence that we’re hearing about tonight.

Of the 28 EU Member States, seven Member States have still to ratify the Convention. What’s absolutely clear is that people are still ambivalent about the Convention, and we hear the projections onto the Convention. Let’s get back to basics. The Convention is about interrupting violence against women and using whatever means we can. We’re not implementing it for the institutions, we’re implementing it for sisters, daughters, wives ...

(The President cut off the speaker)

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