Calling the UK Government to ratify without exceptions to protect all women against violence
Date: 9th June 2022
Category: Refugee and asylum seeking children
Ten years ago, the UK Government committed to tackling violence against women by signing the ‘Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence’, better known as the ‘Istanbul Convention’. UK Government has said it will put this Convention into law. However, certain protections will not apply to migrant women. This is because the UK Government has chosen to opt-out of ratifying certain parts of the Convention meaning migrant women will be denied life-saving support and protection.
Opting out of key part of the Convention that provides support and protections for migrant women, puts migrant women at an even greater risk of having their rights breached.