The European Union Delegation to Ukraine has welcomed the ratification by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the so-called Istanbul Convention.
The Verkhovna Rada ratified the convention on 20 June, with 259 MPs voting in favour.
“Ukraine continues strengthening fundamental rights, gender equality and the fight against violence against women and domestic violence amid the full-scale Russian invasion. This was another key step for Ukraine on its European path,” the EU Delegation wrote on its Facebook page.
Commenting on the Rada’s decision, Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, said that “ratification of the Convention confirms Ukraine’s commitment to the introduction of European standards and approaches to the protection of human rights and freedoms”.
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