President Sassoli’s statement marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2019.
Speaking at the opening of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, European Parliament President David Sassoli called for coordinated action to prevent violence against women and for all EU countries to ratify the Istanbul Convention without delay.
MEPs showed their respects for victims of violence by holding a minute silence in the plenary chamber before the European Parliament building was lit up in orange as part of a worldwide campaign.
European Parliament President David Sassoli said:
“One woman out of three women suffers physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. These victims are not statistics. Any woman facing violence is one too many. We must break the silence and end impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.
“It is time for all Member States and the European Union to ratify the Istanbul Convention, without delay. This is the first legally binding international instrument aimed at preventing and combating violence against women and girls. Europe needs to show leadership so that we can coordinate policies and achieve results for women across the world.
“Tonight, the Parliament building will be lit-up in orange as a sign of solidarity with all the women and girls who have been victims of violence, to send a message of peace and willingness to act to defend our EU values.”