This treaty was adopted by the Council of Europe on 11 May 2011 in Istanbul. It establishes a binding legal framework at a European level to protect women against all forms of violence; prevent, combat and eliminate violence against women, including domestic violence; and contribute to eliminating all forms of discrimination against women. The Convention established a specific monitoring mechanism ("GREVIO") to ensure the effective implementation of its provisions by the parties, namely the Council of Europe Member States and other signatories. It came into force on 1 August 2014.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.