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Factsheet on the EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention!

On the 10th of November, the European Coalition to end violence against women and girls has launched a factsheet to support the EU signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention. The European Coalition convened by the European Women's Lobby, gathers more than 25 European civil society networks, including the WAVE Network. The coalition was created in light of the recent EU developments regarding violence against women, and the factsheet calls on different EU decision makers to act in order to ensure the signing and ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU in 2017.

Austria Submits 1st NGO Report to GREVIO

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) has just begun its first monitoring period for the implementation of the Istanbul Convention by states. The monitoring period includes a questionnaire which states are to respond to within a certain period of time. Non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations working in the field of combating violence against women are also invited to submit information on the implementation of the Convention on the basis of this questionnaire.

WAVE Comments on CEDAW Recommendation No. 19

The WAVE Network very much welcomes the initiative of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) to update the General Recommendations No. 19 on violence against women. A call for submissions was released in August 2016. On 30 September 2016, the WAVE office submitted comments on the draft update of general recommendations No. 19 (1992) on gender-based violence against women. WAVE very much welcomes the engagement of CEDAW to accelerate the elimination of violence against women, believing that the draft recommendations should provide concrete guidance on policies and measures needed to prevent violence against women, such as: the call for a 24/7 helpline; the definition of rape should not be based on the use of force but the absence of consent; and the problem of mandatory dispute resolution in cases of gender-based violence.

WAVE Comments to UN Call

WAVE recently commented on the Call for Submission to all Stakeholders on gaps in incorporating and implementing international and regional standards on violence against women. The comments were submitted in Vienna on 1 October 2016. WAVE welcomes the initiative of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women to publish a call for submissions on these issues. We see the gaps as a sign of grave concern, particularly the huge scale of various forms of violence women and girls still experience in all regions of the world. The full comments are available here. For more information, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Project Coordinator in the WAVE Office.