• IC Change Campaign #ChangeHerstory


    The Istanbul Convention – (or full name: Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence) – is the most comprehensive legal framework that exists to tackle violence against women and girls.

    The Istanbul Convention sets minimum standards for governments to meet when tackling violence against women. When a government ratifies the Convention, they are legally bound to follow it. So, if the UK Government ratified the Istanbul Convention, they would have to take all necessary steps it sets out to prevent violence, protect women experiencing violence and prosecute perpetrators.

    The Private Member’s Bill taking place in the House of Commons on Friday 16 December 2016 is a unique opportunity for parliamentarians to take action and #ChangeHerstory to advance this groundbreaking legal tool to prevent, protect against, and prosecute gender-based violence.


    The Istanbul Convention would drastically strengthen the UK Government’s response to the issue. If the Convention were ratified, the Government would have a legal obligation to:

    • Conduct preventative work including training professionals, integrating awareness of these issues into education and engaging with charities and the private sector;
    • Ensure effective protection for women and girls by providing adequate refuges and shelters, 24-hour helplines and specialist services, as well as in substantive law;
    • Guarantee active prosecution of perpetrators of violence against women; and
    • Track progress under the four pillars of prevention, protection, prosecution and monitoring, and share best practice.

    Ratifying the Istanbul Convention will mean a lasting national commitment to tackling violence against women and an increase in women’s safety in the UK.

    Take action…

    You can help to ensure that at least 100 MPs attend the Parliamentary debate on the recent Private Member’s Bill on 16 December requiring the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention and vote in its favour so that the Bill will pass to the next stage.

    Tweet your MP using this example tweet: Hi [YOUR MP’S TWITTER HANDLE], will you #ChangeHerstory and support the #IstanbulConvention Private Member’s Bill on 16 Dec? [INSERT IMAGE http://icchange.co.uk/mpinvite/]

    Write to your MP using this template: click-here-to-download-a-template-letter-to-send-to-your-mp

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