On June 24, 2014 the 1st meeting of the Interagency Working Group on the Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) by Ukraine took place in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The event was launched by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya and Deputy Minister for Social Policy of Ukraine Natalia Fedorovych. More than 40 representatives of ministries and agencies of Ukraine as well as of the Office of the Council of Europe, Office of the OSCE project Coordinator and UN Office in Ukraine, UNDP and NGO’s participated at the meeting.
The discussion was focused on defining priorities and tasks of the Working Group including the list of national legislative acts to be amended in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.
Accession to the Convention is an integral part of the project “Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine” (the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2011-2014).
The Istanbul Convention became the first legally binding instrument in Europe on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence setting up high and comprehensive standards in this sphere.
Ukraine signed the Istanbul Convention on November 7, 2011. As of today, the Convention has been signed by 23 more member states of the Council of Europe and ratified by 11 of them. The Convention will enter into force on August 1, 2014.