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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)

  Margot Parker, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Madam President, violence against women, and indeed all kinds of violence against any gender is something that all sides of the political spectrum can unanimously condemn. The UK has for many years played a leading role in protecting women, and this has statistically led to a decrease in domestic violence cases. Despite this improvement, it is reported that in 2016 alone there were at least 1.3 million female victims of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom. This is quite simply unacceptable in the 21st century and more must be done to tackle this worrying statistic.

Many Member States in this Union, including the United Kingdom, are working towards making the necessary legislative changes to meet the criteria of the Istanbul Convention to allow full ratification. The EU accession to this Convention therefore serves to provide the political leverage for the EU to further control the implementation of this Convention in Member States. National legislation, tougher judicial punishments and a greater emphasis on educating citizens is the best way to significantly combat violence against women across Europe.

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