The Russian invasion does not prevent the Rada from passing laws. The Ukrainian Parliament on Monday ratified the Istanbul Convention, the first international treaty to set legally binding standards to combat gender-based violence. “Historic decision! The Istanbul Convention ratified”, welcomed the official account of the Rada on Twitter, shortly after the vote of the Ukrainian deputies.
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According to the official count, 259 deputies voted for, 8 against, 28 voted blank and 47 abstained. The Istanbul Convention, adopted in 2011, is an international treaty of the Council of Europe, a pan-European organization based in Strasbourg and of which Ukraine is a member. It establishes a legal and institutional framework to combat violence against women and domestic violence.
Cut “yet another rope that had anchored Ukraine to the Russian world”
“A historic event that will bring us into the EU even faster,” applauded Oleksandr Korniyenko, first vice-president of the Rada, on Twitter. “President Volodymyr Zelensky and all the deputies who voted in favor of the ratification have cut yet another cord which had anchored Ukraine to the Russian world”, welcomed for his part Serguiï Kyslytsya, the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN.
The ratification of this international treaty protecting women “will consolidate Ukraine’s long-term commitment to preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence”, rejoiced for her part Olga Stefanichyna, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European integration.
“Big step forward”
“Women and girls being particularly vulnerable during the conflict, I warmly welcome” this ratification, declared the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric in a press release, seeing it as “a big step forward” for their protection.
Marija Pejcinovic Buric also “congratulated” President Zelensky, his government and the Rada “for having once again shown leadership and courage”. “Ukraine will become the 36th state to have ratified the Istanbul Convention,” she noted.