On 24th February 2017, 138 MPs voted YES for the ratification of the strongest law the UK has ever seen to tackle violence against women and girls: the Istanbul Convention.
Following open letters to UK MPs by such figureheads as Emma Watson, four years of campaigning by IC Change and the Women’s Equality Party, and even an attempt to derail the debate by new Women and Equalities Minister Philip Davies (who filibusted for a record 78 minutes!), 135 MPs of all political colours voted in favour of ratifying the Istanbul Convention back in December 2016.
On 24th February 2017, this Bill passed the THIRD reading at the House of Commons, voted in by 138 MPs, and will now be heard by the House of Lords – taking it one step closer to becoming LAW!
This landmark international law is the first of its kind and is designed to eradicate violence against women and girls on a global scale. The fact that it has succeeded in passing through a second reading is a major victory for anyone who wants to see a world in which violence against women is not just managed, but eradicated.
With the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the UK government is legally bound to ensure three Ps: Prevention, through comprehensive training and education, Protection for victims, and the stringent Prosecution of perpetrators.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who raised their voices and tweeted, wrote to and emailed their MPs demanding action. This is YOUR victory…
What is the Istanbul Convention?
- The Istanbul Convention (which the UK Government has signed but not ratified) is the first international treaty to establish a legally-binding definition of violence against women as “a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women”.
- It is the most comprehensive international treaty to tackle violence against women, and requests all states to criminalise major forms of violence against women.
- In addition, it requires all states that sign up to it to support women and girls by protecting access to specialist domestic abuse services – this includes ensuring funds are available to keep those services going.
SO JOIN US. JOIN IC.
AND LET’S MAKE THIS BILL INTO LAW!