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Monday, 25 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Terry Reintke, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, every three days, one woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner in Germany alone. Every three days – that would mean today, this Thursday, and then the following Sunday, and so on. Not out of jealousy or because there is a family drama behind it or any other reason, but because of a murderous, toxic, violent understanding of masculinity that simply needs to be stopped. In this debate, we very often feel powerless. We feel like we cannot change this overarching problem, but actually, we can.

The Istanbul Convention has been drafted by legal experts, scholars, politicians and psychologists because they did not want to wait any longer. I do not want to wait any longer. I have heard all the excuses that you can imagine – about definitions, about paragraphs, and about anything that you can think of. I tell all the member states of the Council of Europe here today, and especially the members of the European Union: ratify this Convention now. Otherwise, at least be honest enough that you don’t care enough about violence against women.


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