The Istanbul Convention, also known as the "Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence" is a convention created by the Council of Europe. Adopted in 2011, it was signed by 31 member states of the Council of Europe but has only been ratified by 18 of these nations. Violence against women constitutes one of the most wide-spread forms of human rights violations and it typically stems from persistent discrimination caused by socially rooted inequality between women and men. While there are numerous international treaties attempting to address this issue, the Istanbul Convention is currently the only international legal instrument which:
Addresses violence against women both as a form of discrimination and a human rights violation
Provides a definition of gender thus applying a gender perspective in the design and evaluation of measures taken in its implementation
Provides an all-encompassing definition for domestic violence and violence against women
Builds on all other existing international legislation by including specific provisions that aim at changing attitudes and eliminating stereotypes at both the individual and institutional level
Stipulates for a specific implementation monitoring mechanism
It is the official position of Liberal International Human Rights Committee (LI HRC) that the extension of the Istanbul Convention’s jurisprudence beyond the borders of Europe can help secure a much more effective and all-encompassing global women rights’ framework addressing the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Beijing Platform for Action, LI and INLW are launching the Istanbul Convention Campaign. The goal is to bring global awareness to the importance of the Istanbul Convention by making the convention known to as many liberal politicians as possible who can then help disseminate the message to their colleagues and respective governments. Liberal International and the International Network of Liberal Women believe that every country in the world would benefit from ratifying the Istanbul Convention in order to finally put an end to violence against women and domestic violence.
Current campaign components:
Click to view the join LI-INLW written statement and oral appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling for the creation and implementation of such a global framework.
Click here to sign LI's petition and call on the United Nations to globalize the Istanbul Convention and create an all-encompassing international legal framework on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Click here to explore the Istanbul Convention Campaign website