Ekaterina Levchenko emphasized that the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence does not legalize same-sex marriage, but only defines the conditions for non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Russia has made a lot of efforts to prevent Ukraine from ratifying the Istanbul Convention for many years.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Yekaterina Levchenko, government commissioner for gender policy, said this during a briefing.
As Levchenko noted, the Istanbul Convention, in the development of which Ukraine participated, is recognized by the UN as the “gold standard” in the fight against violence.
“For democratic transformations in our country, this convention is very important. In addition, our enemy makes a lot of attacks on this convention, considering it a threat to the authoritarian and totalitarian order. Russia has done a lot to prevent this convention from being ratified (in Ukraine ),” she said.
Levchenko explained that the convention itself, among other things, contains a definition of the concept of violence against women, types of such violence; clear definitions of domestic violence, both against women and men. Ukraine took into account the approaches of this convention, developing its respective legislation.
In her opinion, not a single people’s deputy who opposed the ratification of this document provided real arguments in favor of his position.
Levchenko said that in order to fully ratify the convention, in accordance with the established procedure, it must be signed by the president, after which the letters of credence will be transferred to the Secretariat of the Council of Europe. However, the date of ratification of the convention is the day of voting for it in the Parliament of Ukraine.
She also stressed that the Istanbul Convention does not legalize same-sex marriage, but only sets conditions for non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
As UNIAN reported, on June 20, the Verkhovna Rada, at the proposal of the president, adopted a law on ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the so-called Istanbul Convention).
Ukraine signed the convention back in 2011, but due to politicians’ speculation around its provisions, it has not been able to ratify it for more than 10 years.