Benedek Jávor’s contribution to the debate on the progress on equality between women and men in the EU

According to the 2014 report of the Fundamental Rights Agency one third of women go through some form abuse in the EU; estimations suggest that around 3-400 hundred thousand women and their children live in the hell of domestic abuse in Hungary.

The decision of last Tuesday by the Fidesz-Jobbik coalition in the Hungarian parliament to hamper the directive proposal on the urgent ratification of the Istanbul Convention, signed by MP Zsuzanna Szelényi, gave the issue a tragic undertone. Although my country signed the Convention in the beginning of 2014, its ratification, i.e. actual implementation, was not urgent for the right wing. Among the reasons for hampering the proposal there were many awkward, shameful arguments coming from a representative of the far-right party, such as blaming the Convention for not being specific on abortion when – according to her – it is also a form of domestic abuse. Fidesz remains silent; even the topic itself is clearly embarrassing for the party of blind Komondors. I genuinely hope that my fellow representative, Mrs. Ildikó Pelczné Gáll, a substitute member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, will be able to more successfully inform and convince her colleagues in the party at home about all the European values that exclude the possibility of rejecting the Convention and remaining silent over the issues on the abuse of women.

Respected Colleagues,

Let us do everything for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in all Member States, as soon as possible, so that the new possibilities of fighting against the abuse of women can finally be turned into real action.

March 9, 2015


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