With the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention
on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic
Violence (“Istanbul Convention”), a major milestone was achieved.
It proved violence against women had become an issue of great concern,
ranking high on political agendas. However, despite major progress
over the last decade, statistics are still alarming.
In this common fight against violence against women, parliamentarians
have a key role to play. Firstly, by guaranteeing that national
legislation is in conformity with the Istanbul Convention. Secondly,
by ensuring that this legislation is duly implemented. For the first
time in a Council of Europe treaty, the role of parliaments and of
the Parliamentary Assembly in monitoring the implementation of this
convention is expressly recognised.
By providing in-depth information on examples of legislation
and practice in combating violence against women which are applied
in Council of Europe member States, this report aims to enhance
the expertise of parliaments and the Parliamentary Assembly as legislators.
It is also meant to complement the future work of the convention’s
monitoring body, GREVIO, and parliamentary monitoring-related activities.
The list of measures highlighted in the report is non-exhaustive
and should primarily serve as an incentive for future action.