On the 10th of November, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet to support the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention. The European Coalition convened by the European Women's Lobby, gathers more than 25 European civil society networks, including the WAVE Network. The coalition was created in light of the recent EU developments regarding violence against women, and the factsheet calls on different EU decision makers to act in order to ensure the signing and ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU in 2017.
In March 2016, The European Commission submitted a proposal for the signature and for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, which is currently being analysed and discussed in the Council working party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens' Rights, and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP). At the European Parliament level, a joint report between the LIBE and FEMM Committees is being drafted by two rapporteurs, Ms Corazza Bildt (EPP, Sweden, FEMM Committee) and Ms Revault D’Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D, France, LIBE Committee). Once adopted by the Plenary, this report will give the European Parliament consenting to the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU. The factsheet contains important figures in Europe regarding violence against women and girls, and offers arguments in favour of the Istanbul Convention ratification at a EU but also national level. Furthermore, the Coalition has sent a letter to the European Commission with demands concerning the proposed year of focused actions on violence against women in 2017.