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27 April 2015

Poland ratifies Convention on combating violence against women

Poland deposited the ratification instrument of the Convention of combating violence against women (the Istanbul Convention) and became the 18th State Party to the Convention.

On 27 April 2015 Mr Robert Drzazga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the Council of Europe, deposited with the Deputy Secretary General of the CoE, Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. It means that on that day Poland became the 18th State Party to the Istanbul Convention. The Convention was ratified by the President of Poland, Mr Bronisław Komorowski, on 13 April 2015.

 

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, opened for signature on 11 May 2011 in Istanbul and in force since 1 August 2014, aims at preventing these kinds of violence, protecting the victims and bringing the perpetrators to the justice. The convention leaves no doubt that there can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence (i.e. violence that is committed against women because they are women). The Istanbul Convention also provides for independent monitoring mechanism (group of experts called GREVIO), tasked with assessing the state of implementation of the convention's provisions by the State Parties and to formulate recommendations in this regard.

 

The Istanbul Convention will enter into force with regard to Poland on 1 August 2015.

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