Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

House unanimously adopts treaty on violence against women

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Rome, May 28 - The House unanimously approved
adoption of the Istanbul Convention on combating violence
against women on Tuesday.
The convention, whose official name is The Council of
Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against
Women and Domestic Violence, is the first international
instrument of its kind.
All 545 MPs voted in favor of the convention, making Italy
the fifth country to ratify it after Montenegro, Albania, Turkey
and Portugal.
In order for the convention to take effect, it must be
ratified by at least 10 States, eight of which must belong to
the Council of Europe.
The convention's adoption comes the same day as a funeral
for a 16-year-old girl stabbed and burned to death by her
boyfriend. At the service Italy's equal opportunities minister
called for a greater effort on the part of the State to protect
women.
Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Dassu' underlined how the
Italian government is taking "constant actions in international
forums to encourage further ratifications such that the
convention may enter into force".
The convention aims to create an international framework to
provide protections for women by not only repressing violence
against them but also by encouraging prevention, assistance,
cultural awareness and education on the issues.

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