Convention On Violence Against Women – Statement from Number 10 on International Women’s Day

9 March 2012 at 7:52 pm

“By signing the Convention we would ensure that British offenders who commit their crimes abroad would still face justice in our courts.”

The Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have issued a joint statement on the Government signing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence.
Read the joint statement below:

“International Women’s Day is about reflecting on the strides that have been taken to give women more power, more choice and more control over their lives. But it is also about pushing for more to be done. Because the truth is, there is still a lot of work we need to do on the basics: ending violence against women and ensuring the physical security that is everyone’s fundamental right.

The UK already has some of the most robust protections against violence towards women in the world. But we know we’ve got to do better. So today we can confirm that we are working towards signing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence before ratifying the treaty and incorporating it into UK law.

This agreement is unprecedented, and it is vital. Across Europe millions of women suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. In the UK nearly one million women experience domestic abuse each year. This is an utter scandal – and together we are going to work harder than ever to bring this violence to an end.

The agreement is not just a piece of paper. It’s going to lift the standards of protection for women across Europe, give greater support for victims and – crucially – bring many more perpetrators to justice.

By signing the Convention we would ensure that British offenders who commit their crimes abroad would still face justice in our courts. This is what we do in cases of murder and paedophilia. We believe rapists and abusive men from the UK who seriously harm women should face the same fate – wherever they commit the offence. Our message must be loud and clear: there must be nowhere to hide.”

http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/violence-against-women/

See also:

International Women’s Day 2012 – UK government action
This week (5-9 March), the UK government came together to focus on International Women. This is our story, which will be updated throughout the week.

Foreign Secretary William Hague paid tribute to those working to advance the human rights of women around the world ahead of International Women’s Day.
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=News&id=739185982

International Women’s Day: Nick Clegg calls more women in top jobs
The Deputy Prime Minister said a wider cultural change was still needed in the workplace as he marked International Women’s Day at an event in the City of London.

Commons debate on International Women’s Day
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120308/debtext/120308-0002.htm#12030895000001

International Women’s Day — House of Lords
That this House takes note of International Women’s Day on 8 March and the contribution of women to economic growth.

International Women’s Day 2012: equal pay for equal work
The EP has dedicated this year’s International Women’s Day to the theme “equal pay for equal work” as women in the EU are still on average paid 17% less then men.

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