Today on the second day of the 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women, we are focusing on the Istanbul Convention.

What is the Istanbul Convention?

The Istanbul Convention, also named the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, is a Council of Europe convention against violence against women and domestic violence. The UK has signed the Convention, but has not yet ratified it, meaning that the Convention is not yet in force in the UK.

During the 16 days of activism, our sisters in Women’s Aid Federation England and the TUC are launching a joint campaign asking the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention, as this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women. Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland fully supports this campaign, and asks you to support the campaign by signing the petition to Prime Minister David Cameron and signing up to our Thunderclap.

What is a Thunderclap?

Joining a Thunderclap means that you and others will share the same message at the same time on Facebook or Twitter, spreading an idea that cannot be ignored.
When you authorize your Facebook or Twitter account you’re allowing Thunderclap to share a single message on your behalf.
Once we reach enough supporters Thunderclap will release your message at the same time as all the other supporters who have joined!