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Italian laws to be studied to ensure women protected

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Italian laws to be studied to ensure women protected

Rome, June 4 - The Italian government, which last week adopted an international code to fight violence against women, will examine its own laws to ensure they are adequate to protect women, the head of the House justice committee said Tuesday. The committee is expected to complete by September 30th its investigation of Italian laws that relate to the subject of violence against women, and recommend any necessary changes or additions, said Donatella Ferranti. The study, to begin next week, will include not only laws against violence, stalking and domestic terrorism but also increased training for judicial staff and investigators. The committee "will try to find then, through a survey across the board within a reasonable time, the most appropriate tools to put an end to the terrible phenomenon of violence against women," said Ferranti. Last Tuesday, the House unanimously approved adoption of the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women, the first international instrument of its kind. All 545 MPs voted in favour 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 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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