Italian Senate approves Istanbul Convention unanimously

MPs pause for moment of silence before vote

Italian Senate approves Istanbul Convention unanimously

Rome, June 19 - The Italian Senate unanimously approved the 2011 Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence on Wednesday. Before the vote, which makes the measure that passed in the Lower House on June 4 operative, MPs paused for a minute of silence in memory of women victims of violence. "We dedicate this vote to all women victims of violence. Before moving on to this vote, which is so important for our parliamentary history, let's remember all women and girls who in life and death have suffered physical or psychological violence," Deputy Speaker Linda Lanzillotta said. The Istanbul Convention characterizes violence against women as a form of discrimination and as a violation of human rights. It also defines a number of punishable crimes against women, including psychological violence, stalking, physical violence, sexual violence and rape, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced abortion, forced sterilization and sexual harassment.

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