[Brussels, 18 June 2012] On 8 June 2012, United Kingdom signed the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The UK became the 20th member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Convention, and the 13th member state of the EU to do so since its opening for signature last May in Istanbul. Up to now, only Turkey has ratified the Convention (see EWL news in March 2012). The treaty requires 10 ratifications to enter into force.
The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the UK government’s commitment in signing the Convention and continues, with its members, to press for rapid ratification.