We are very excited to share that Global Fund for Women, in partnership with Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE), delivered your signatures to Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Your signatures made it all the way to Strasbourg, as parliamentarians from 47 member states met for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. There, the Secretary General heard your call to member states to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention that provides a groundbreaking framework to prevent, stop, and sanction the crime of violence against women.
“Thank you for showing your support! Keep calling on decision-makers to take action until the Istanbul Convention is fully implemented in Europe and beyond,” wrote Johanna Nelles, Programme Advisor for the Istanbul Convention.
As resource mobilizers for women's rights at the local, national, and international levels, Global Fund for Women and women’s funds in Europe are uniquely positioned to advocate for governments' firm commitment to allocating budgets and implementing the Convention.
"The Global Fund is a partner who is just as dedicated to ending violence against women as we at WAVE are," wrote Miriam Freudenberg of WAVE. "It is great to have such a strong and dedicated partner to work side by side with."
Because of your signature, we are much closer to a just, equitable world in which women and girls have voice, choice, and the resources to realize their full potential.
"Knowing we have the support of so many people around the world is as important to those women working on policies and promoting women’s rights every day, as it is to those whose lives will be directly affected by it," wrote Miriam.