On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, PICUM has published a new fact sheet on the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.
As of 12 February 2018, 28 states have ratified – and so are legally bound by – the Istanbul Convention.
The Convention is a milestone for undocumented women and for women with precarious residence status because it expressly forbids discrimination based on migration status and requires states to make it possible for women whose status is dependent on a violent partner or spouse to obtain an independent residence status.
The fact sheet explains key provisions which can be used to ensure protection and access to counselling services, shelter and other services for undocumented migrant women. It also outlines how civil society can contribute to the monitoring process of the Convention’s implementation in different countries.