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Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

EU accession to the Istanbul Convention and other measures to combat gender-based violence (B9-0224/2019, B9-0225/2019, B9-0226/2019)

  Jude Kirton-Darling (S&D). – Madam President, I voted in favour, recognising that violence against women and girls mostly goes unreported. Last year alone, almost 40 000 women and girls in my home region were known survivors of domestic abuse, and over 8 000 experienced sexual violence. These shocking numbers have no place in our society, and I’m appalled that the Istanbul Convention has not yet been ratified by the United Kingdom.

We can’t claim to be a leading economy, a world power, if we’re systematically failing some of our most vulnerable and most valuable citizens. Enough is enough. Our society must be a safe place for our daughters, our sisters, our mothers. No more holding our keys when we walk home at night, no more ‘what did she wear, what did she drink?’ No more shutting us down when we speak up. Europe must now criminalise violence against women and girls.

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