France presidency pushes for ratification of Istanbul Convention

French government will push for further ratification of the Istanbul Convention

France has announced that women rights and gender equality are among the priority areas for their EU presidency, which includes the promotion of the ratification of the ‘Istanbul Convention’.

This Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. It is the obligation of the state to address it fully in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. Still the Convention has not been ratified by several European countries, including EU countries Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia. La Strada International has been calling up the European Commission to urge EU Member States to ratify the Convention and the EU itself to accede to the Istanbul Convention.

During the presidency, France will also negotiate with the European Parliament on two important proposed directives on fair minimum wages in the EU and on the protection of platform workers, which will both support the protection of workers.

In 2021, the French Parliament adopted the bill to ratify ILO Convention No.190 on violence and harassment in the workplace; it is hoped that also this Convention will be promoted among other EU MS, during the French presidency.

See earlier LSI articles on minimum wages and France’ planned ratification of ILO Convention 190 as well as articles related to the Istanbul Convention here and here.