Ukraine has officially finished ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, announced on Twitter on July 18.
“I warmly welcome Ukraine’s deposit today of the instrument of ratification of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe today,” wrote Buric.
“Ukraine is the 36th member of this landmark treaty.”
The website of the Council of Europe states that the convention will enter into force for Ukraine on November 1, 2022.
On Monday, June 20, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, supported the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by 259 votes for, versus 8 against and 28 abstentions.
The Istanbul Convention, formally the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, is intended to prevent and lessen domestic violence, protect survivors, and promote the prosecution of perpetrators of such crimes.
Ukraine signed the Istanbul Convention in 2011, but did not ratify it at the time. In 2020 and 2021, the ratification of the Istanbul Convention was the main demand of the Women's March, a large protest annual protest movement.
Two petitions were created on the president's website calling for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, and both gained more than 25,000 votes. On February 17, the President's response to the petition stated that he consistently supported the protection of the rights of survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence.
The Women's March initiative on June 17 stated that in a full-scale war, the issue of protecting women is even more relevant, and called for the convention’s ratification.