When myths and disinformation block help for abused women

Discussion about the Istanbul Convention in Slovakia ended up in parliament, where 101 out of 150 MPs voted to stop the ratification of the convention.

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Conservative Christian movements are organizing protests and petitions to stop the ratification of the Istanbul convention in many countries, not only Slovakia.

Their core argument is that the definition of gender in the document can influence the definition of this term in our law and can open the door for same-sex marriages.

As a result of this campaign, the majority of Slovak MPs want to remove their signatures from the convention. While the gesture would not have an immediate impact on Slovak law, or on the institutions that help victims of domestic violence. But it would mean a great deal, symbolically speaking, if Slovakia was to abstain from ratifying the convention.

Details from the story:

  • The full name of the Istanbul Convention is the "Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence".
  • The Istanbul Convention became a symbol of so-called "gender ideology" and the symbol of pushing the LGBT rights to Slovak legislature.
  • Slovak experts on domestic violence criticized the MPs who wanted to remove their signatures from the convention. They said the convention has no impact on LGBT rights in Slovakia.

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