Avrupa Parlamentosu’nda kadına şiddet tartışması…İstanbul konvansiyonu hayata geçirilmeli (english)
Violence against women and girls: EPP Group wants zero tolerance
“The time has come to move from words to action! Too many women and girls are still being harassed, abused and raped in Europe in public places, at home and now even on social media. It is time to give a voice to those women and girls to break the vicious circle of silence and fear and shift the guilt from the victims to the perpetrators. The accession of the EU to this text will strengthen the legal framework to prevent violence, combat impunity and protect women and girls”, declared Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP, Rapporteur on the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention, adopted today with a large consensus at the European Parliament’s plenary in Strasbourg.
The Istanbul Convention obliges countries to improve the protection of the victims of violence and condemn the perpetrators. It also paves the way to criminalising violence against women (physical or psychological), reinforce police powers to keep attackers away from their home, and make shelters available for the victims. The Report welcomes the EU’s signing of the Istanbul Convention but regrets that it is restricted to only two areas of full EU competence: judicial and police cooperation in criminal law, asylum and non-refoulement. The Report also addresses a set of recommendations to the Council, the Commission and Member States to cover the prevention of violence, the fight against discrimination, or criminal law measures to combat impunity.
“It is our duty to protect innocent victims and I find it unacceptable that only fourteen EU Member States have ratified the Convention so far. Indeed, I reiterate the European Parliament’s call to the Commission, together with the Council of Europe, to open a dialogue with the Member States to ratify the Convention and to support a broader EU accession in the Council. I also call on the Institutions to encourage Member States to share updated data on violence against women with Eurostat. It is an important tool that could be used to save the lives of many women and girls”, said Barbara Matera MEP, EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur in the Civil Liberties Committee.
“We need to join forces to combat stereotypes and sexism against women and girls. Religion, tradition or culture can never justify men’s violence against women. It’s about empowering women and girls and promote gender equality in our societies. The EPP Group will continue to be committed to zero tolerance for violence against women and girls”, concluded Corazza Bildt.
S&Ds call on Commission to make sure EU countries implement the Istanbul Convention to end violence against women
Today the European Parliament endorsed the accession of the European Union to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention is the most far-reaching international treaty and the first legally binding instrument to fight violence against women and commits signatories to implement measures to protect victims, persecute perpetrators and prevent these crimes. Under the leadership of the Socialists and Democrats Group, including the European Parliament, the text adopted today a strong affirmation of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, including the access to safe and legal abortions.
The European Parliament’s co-rapporteur, MEP Christine Revault d’Allonnes-Bonnefoy, said:
“One in three women have suffered physical, psychological or sexual violence in Europe. In France every three days, a woman is killed by her partner. We cannot tolerate this anymore; gender-based violence must end, once and for all. The EU’s signature of the Istanbul Convention is a major step forward since it will provide a coherent legal framework, but the battle is not yet won. We call on the Commission to put forward a binding legal act to ensure that the member states
implement the Istanbul Convention with its commitment to protection, persecution and prevention.
“The Socialists and Democrats fought hard to anchor a strong affirmation of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in the text voted today, including the access to safe and legal abortions. I will always be committed to making sure that women have the choice and control of their bodies.”
S&D Group spokeswoman for women’s rights and gender equality, MEP Iratxe García Pérez, added:
“Beaten, raped, harassed, and even killed for no other reason than being women, millions of women across Europe suffer in silence every day. The Istanbul Convention, as the first legally binding international treaty, is a powerful tool to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women. We therefore welcome the EU’s signature of the Istanbul Convention and urge the 14 EU countries which have not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention to do so quickly. As Socialists and Democrats, we want all women to be protected against all forms of violence and discrimination.
“Yet, more must be done to protect minors whose mothers have been victims of gender-based violence. A binding legal act of the Union is urgently needed to make sure that the legislative, preventive and corrective measures of the Istanbul Convention become part of the legal system of the member states and the European Court of Justice will have the power to issue judgments.”
EU accedes to Istanbul Convention, now we need an EU Directive to implement it
GUE/NGL MEPs have welcomed the European Parliament’s decision to accede to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, and are now calling on the European Commission for a Directive for implementation.
GUE/NGL Shadow Rapporteur on the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, Kostadinka Kuneva, comments: “Every minute that we remain silent another woman becomes a victim of psychological, sexual or verbal violence within a family. The Istanbul Convention can break this silence by ending the impunity of perpetrators, protecting victims and preventing various forms of violence.”
“Ratification of the Convention alone is not enough. We need it to come into force as rapidly as possible and we also need to take innovative measures. I propose some pan-European measures to help victims of gender-based and domestic violence. For example, I ask the Commission to look into the creation of an emergency call number – like 112 – for any person who is a victim of violence to request help,” Kuneva explained.
GUE/NGL Shadow Rapporteur on the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Malin Björk adds: “Today is a big day. I am glad the EU has taken yet another important step to combat widespread violence against women and girls. The political left has struggled for gender-based violence to be taken seriously for a long time.”
“But our work does not stop here. The next step is to get binding EU legislation. No member state should be able to neglect any of the policies needed to combat violence.
“It does not make any sense that the EU has legislation on tractors and grain types while completely lacking minimum standards on combating violence against women,” Björk concludes.