The Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill has passed through its Third Reading in the House of Commons and will now progress into the House of Lords.
The bill, sponsored by Dr Eilidh Whiteford, aims to require the UK to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention); and for connected purposes.
Why the Istanbul Convention?
The Istanbul Convention is the most comprehensive legal framework that exists, outlining minimum standards for a State’s response to violence against women and girls. It covers prevention, protection, prosecution and monitoring. If ratified, the the Convention would bring unprecedented positive change.
The Government has been promising to ratify the Convention since signing it in 2012 but has stalled in making progress over the last two years. We need to increase the pressure on the Government to ratify the Convention and we believe that a Faith Leaders’ Public Call for the Istanbul Convention would help to do this.
There are ways you can support efforts to secure the Istanbul Convention in the UK
- Write to the MPs and parliamentary networks you are connected with to strongly encourage MPs to attend and vote in favour of the Private Member’s Bill for the Istanbul Convention. For a letter template please click here
- Contact MPs on social media and ask them to go to the PMB debate and vote in favour of the Istanbul Convention Bill
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