“Women’s rights and preventing and ending violence against women is important for Estonia. This is why we are standing by women and girls in Estonia and all around the world. One important step Estonia has taken is to update its system for providing assistance to victims so that we could reach a greater number of those in need. We continue to support the work of the Council of Europe in preventing violence against women and children. I call on other countries to sign and implement the Istanbul Convention if they have not yet done so.”
The Istanbul Convention is a landmark achievement in fighting gender-based violence. It is the first legally binding agreement in this field in Europe. The convention is a broad set of measures aimed at preventing violence, protecting victims and holding perpetrators accountable. In addition to specific measures, the document underscores that violence against women is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women.
Estonia ratified the convention in 2018 and in April 2021, we submitted our latest compliance report.