Cyber-violence against women and girls constitutes another growing concern for our modern societies – David Zalkaliani at the PACE winter session

Speaking before the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Georgian Foreign Minister paid special attention to cyber-violence against women and girls, which, according to him, constitutes another growing concern for our modern societies. It is one of the new phenomena, which affect significantly our societies across Europe and beyond.

According to Zalkaliani, on 12 December 2019, the Georgian Presidency organised an informal exchange of views on this question. This event offered a useful opportunity to gather experience and good practice from stakeholders active in this field and contributed to a better understanding of the different forms of cyber-violence and their impact on women and girls.

“ This event  highlighted the importance of a combined implementation of the various Council of Europe instruments for ensuring a comprehensive and effective answer to such violence, in particular Istanbul Convention. Hereby, I would like to use this opportunity and ask the members states to consider joining the Convention” – the Minister said.

According to him, the Georgian Presidency will organize an event on the Digital Dimension of violence against women, within the framework of the 64th session of the Commission on Status of Women, planned in New York, in March 2020.