320 million people benefit as Council of Europe Convention on Preventing Violence against Women (Istanbul) convention comes into force on August 1st 2014 in 13 European Countries.
The Convention requires states that have ratified it to take specific steps to counter all forms of violence against women , from stalking and sexual harassment to domestic violence, forced marriage and fgm. The Convention also calls upon governments to encourage Men to take more responsibility for violence prevention (Article 12)
Chris Green was one of the Council of Europe Task Force that persuaded the Council of Europe to set up the Convention.
The Convention has also been signed by a further 25 countries who have not yet ratified it.
Most men are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something which doesn't have anything to do with us. We need to join women and women's organisations in taking action to end the problem.
Take a stand against violence now and sign our personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women.
You can pledge your support by clicking the link below.
At least one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime.