In recent months, the Council of Europe has noticed that several governments of our member states are dragging their feet to ratify our Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the "Istanbul Convention").
Almost every single member state of the Council of Europe has signed the treaty, and 28 have ratified, but recent misconceptions about its purpose as “ideologically biased” or against “traditional family values” seem to be spreading like fog in some countries.
Bridget O’Loughlin – Executive Secretary of the Istanbul Convention – counters these misconceptions in this video, including the notion that the Convention forces “gender ideology” on member states. The video clearly shows that the Convention is not against traditional gender roles, per se. If women want to be stay-at-home mothers, while their husbands work, the Convention raises no objection: it was never designed to force women or men to live in certain ways.
The education that the Convention does require is to end stereotypes based on the idea that women are inferior to men – and the idea that it is okay for them to be beaten.
Ending violence against women with the Istanbul Convention – considered a “gold standard” by the UN – is too important to deny because of a fog made thick by these and other misconceptions, which this video clears away.