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House unanimously adopts treaty on violence against women

More signatories needed on Istanbul Convention

House unanimously adopts treaty on violence against women

Rome, May 28 - The House unanimously approved adoption of the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women on Tuesday. The convention, whose official name is The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, is the first international instrument of its kind. All 545 MPs voted in favor of the convention, making Italy the fifth country to ratify it after Montenegro, Albania, Turkey and Portugal. In order for the convention to take effect, it must be ratified by at least 10 States, eight of which must belong to the Council of Europe. The convention's adoption comes the same day as a funeral for a 16-year-old girl stabbed and burned to death by her boyfriend. At the service Italy's equal opportunities minister called for a greater effort on the part of the State to protect women. Deputy Foreign Minister Marta Dassu' underlined how the Italian government is taking "constant actions in international forums to encourage further ratifications such that the convention may enter into force". The convention aims to create an international framework to provide protections for women by not only repressing violence against them but also by encouraging prevention, assistance, cultural awareness and education on the issues.

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