Protests Over Istanbul Convention Occur Despite Treaty’s Stance Against Gender Based Violence

Parliament building, Slovakia

This week, Croatia joined a growing list of European countries who have recently backed away from ratifying the Istanbul Convention.  The Istanbul Convention is a Council of Europe convention which sets comprehensive minimum standards for state responses to violence against women and girls.  Pushback against the treaty is a concerning trend and a pronounced example of the backlash currently facing women’s rights movements.

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