Vienna, 1 August 2014 Press release

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz: Stop violence against women!

Entry into force of the „Istanbul Convention“ is an important milestone

Vienna, 1 August 2014 - „Violence against women is a human rights violation with millions of victims worldwide and grave consequences for society as a whole. The promotion and protection of the human rights of women and the fight against violence are therefore long-standing priorities of Austria’s foreign and development policy“, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

Today’s entry into force of the Council of Europe’s “Istanbul Convention” is a particularly important milestone in the fight against violence. Austria has played an active role in the drafting process and was among the first states that have ratified this important instrument. “During Austria's Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe I actively supported an early entering into force of this Convention. Austria will continue to lobby for an increased number of state parties and for the full and effective implementation of the Convention“, Foreign Minister Kurz underlined.

The Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence was adopted by the Council of Europe in May 2011. It is the first legally binding instrument requiring states to take action against gender-specific and domestic violence. It provides comprehensive measures to combat all forms of violence against women and to protect all other victims of domestic violence.

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