40 MKS call for Israel to join treaty to prevent violence against women

40 MPs signed a letter from MP Alon Tal calling on Israel to become the first non-European country to join the Council of Europe Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence against Women and Domestic Violence on Thursday.

The convention, also known as the “Istanbul Convention”, is the most far-reaching international treaty designed to address domestic violence and violence against women. The signatories to the convention commit to a number of measures, including the establishment of free 24/7 hotlines and rape crisis centers, and the provision of psychological counseling. and medical care for survivors.

The convention also encourages authorities to provide educational programs on gender equality, sexuality, and healthy relationships.

“This is the time to take responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of women and children who live in fear of physical, economic and emotional terror and for the country to strengthen the existing services for these families,” the letter sent to the Prime Minister Naftali. Bennett on Thursday.

“We know without a doubt that the COVID-19 closures exacerbated tensions in many Israeli families and the results for many were disastrous,” Tal said. “Centers for victims of sexual violence report a dramatic increase in complaints and attacks within Israel. The situation is unimaginable and intolerable.”

Women block the entrance to the city at the Bridge of David’s Harp in Jerusalem as they protest violence against women, following the murder of two young women last week, in Jerusalem, on December 4, 2018 (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST)

The deputy stressed that Israel must do more to address domestic violence in the country. “Our letter to Prime Minister Bennet is a rare example of non-partisan cooperation with Knesset members of both the Coalition and the Opposition, joining in a call for Israel to be part of the enlightened international community that realizes that the violence against women can no longer Wait. “

The UN will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. The Knesset will hold a special event this year that will focus on the call to join the Istanbul Convention.

In June, a report by the State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman found that reports of domestic violence had increased by 800% during the coronavirus pandemic. 13 women were killed by their partners in 2020, an increase of 160% compared to 2019. Requests for help from victims of domestic violence to welfare centers and shelters increased by 26%.


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