Women’s Rights – EU joins the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention (1 June 2023)


France welcomes the EU’s accession to the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

France, which chairs the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention, is waging a determined campaign, alongside its partners, for the universal ratification of this convention and its effective implementation, as President Macron noted at the Reykjavik Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe this past May. We stand with the victims of violence, including sexual violence. As the minister announced on March 8, we have stepped up our support for organizations that help women in this situation, including the UN Population Fund and the Global Survivors Fund.

As part of its feminist diplomacy, France will continue to strive for equality between men and women, our great national cause, and for women’s participation in all public and private decision-making processes. We will continue to resolutely combat all forms of gender-based violence, both in peacetime and during armed conflicts. This is one of our priorities in our human rights, social justice and gender equality efforts, and is an essential prerequisite for sustainable peace in all our societies.