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Myths and facts about the Istanbul Convention: new explanatory video in Azerbaijani

Azerbaijan 23 February 2022
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Myths and facts about the Istanbul Convention: new explanatory video in Azerbaijani

Many misconceptions exist on what the Istanbul Convention requires from states and what it means in practice for citizens. A short video has been produced in English and Azerbaijani explaining in an understandable manner what the Istanbul Convention really says.

On 11 May 2021, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. It is the most far-reaching international treaty to set out obligations to prevent and combat violence against women. 35 member states of the Council of Europe have ratified it, along with the European Union that has signed but not yet ratified. It is also used as a roadmap for action by many countries outside Europe.

Azerbaijan is one of the two Council of Europe member states that has not yet signed the Istanbul Convention. Under the project “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan,” the European Union and the Council of Europe are supporting the Azerbaijani authorities to bring its national legislation and policies in the field of violence against women and domestic violence further in line with European standards, as well as to implement the existing national policies and action plan on preventing and combating domestic violence. In addition, the project aims to provide guidance to the Azerbaijani authorities on accession to the Istanbul Convention.

This video was produced in the framework of the project “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan,” funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance II (2019-2022).

 Watch the video Myths and Facts about the Istanbul Convention available in Azerbaijani and English


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