Poland: President Ratifies Istanbul Convention

On April 13, the President of Poland signed and ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and combatting violence against women, including domestic violence(“Istanbul Convention”). The Polish Parliament voted in February to authorize the President to ratify the convention, despite conservative opposition.

The Istanbul Convention entered into force on August 1, 2014 and requires ratifying states to take concrete steps to eliminate all forms of violence against women, including domestic and sexual violence, forced and child marriage and female genital mutilation. Seventeen countries, including Poland, have now ratified the Convention. 

An updated list of signatures and ratifications is available on the Council of Europe's website 


Compiled from: Agence France Presse, Poland ratifies convention combatting violence against women, Global Post (April 13, 2015); President Komorowski signs anti-violence convention, Radio Poland (April 13, 2015).