International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [fr]
Statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - November 25, 2015)
On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, France is mobilized to put an end to all forms of violence against women and girls. At least 35% of women and girls around the world are affected by violence and up to 70% in some countries. The report published by the G7 on November 25 on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict highlights the seriousness of the situation.
We call on all states to ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which notably targets crimes committed in the name of so-called honor.
France underscores the importance of the mobilization of the international community and the UN since the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995. It takes action to ensure that the commitments made within the UN are fully implemented, particularly those aimed at preventing and punishing violence against women and girls in armed conflict, especially with regard to the atrocities committed by Daesh.