Violence against women is a widespread human rights violation
that is so embedded in society that most people fail to understand
its extent, gravity and nature.
In 2013, the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission
on the Status of Women polarised public, media and political attention
around this topic, while States from all over the world have committed
to strengthening their action in this area.
The Council of Europe and its member States should intensify
their efforts to ensure that 2013 is also the year that the Council
of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against
women and domestic violence enters into force.
Once this objective has been achieved, the Parliamentary Assembly
should continue to promote further signatures and ratifications,
in particular through its Parliamentary Network “Women Free from
Violence”. The Assembly should also strengthen its own capacity
as well as the capacity of national parliaments to monitor the implementation
of the convention, as set out in its Article 70.