The Italian Network for Women’s Rights (from now on “INWR”) is a new group of NGOs. It includes some of the associations leading the Italian platform “30 Years CEDAW: Work in Progress” and coordinateding the 2011 Shadow Report with reference to the Sixth Periodic Report on the implementation of the CEDAW Convention submitted by the Italian Government in 2009 (from now on “the Sixth Report”).
Chairperson, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to address you today, as Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, and to continue to contribute to the discussions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, and its review theme, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development goals for women and girls” and to report on my mandate’s work.
Opened for signature in Istanbul in May 2011, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) is the first legally-binding instrument in Europe in this field, and in terms of scope, the most far reaching international treaty to tackle this serious violation of human rights. It aims at zero tolerance for such violence and is a major step forward in making Europe and beyond a safer place.