Permanent Representative of Moldova to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Corina Călugăru and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, signed on February 6, 2017 in Strasbourg the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). Thus, Moldova became the 44th state to sign the treaty.
Note: The Convention requires the adoption of comprehensive policies, the establishment of effective mechanisms to prevent, eliminate or at least to reduce violence against women and domestic violence.
With the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the national authorities will be obliged to provide services to protect victims and their children, such as providing shelters, operational nonstop hotlines, legal counseling and healthcare, and creating a mechanism to ensure compensation to victims of domestic violence.
The Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding document for CoE members to prevent, investigate and punish violence against women and domestic violence.
The objective of the Convention is zero tolerance for this form of violence and it is an important step undertaken to ensure the security and safety of women in Europe and globally. The Treaty also aims to change the mentality and feelings of individuals in order to build a society in which men, in particular, and young people change their attitude towards the opposite sex.