The European Parliament’s two most extremist committees – on Civil Liberties (LIBE) and Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) join forces, supported by the European Commission and the Council, to hold a special Public Hearing today (full programme below) aimed at advancing dangerous gender ideology and forcing Member States to adopt the Istanbul Convention which is tainted by it.
The joint hearing on the EU accession to the ‘Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women’ will hear from a line up of speakers all of whom support the inclusion of dangerous gender theory in this document, which would make it a legally-binding definition imposed across the EU. There is no effort by the LIBE and FEMM gender ideologists to give any balance to this public hearing by including civil society groups who oppose gender ideology.
The hearing is supposed to contribute to the interim report to be drafted jointly by the two Committees with Anna Corazza Bildt and Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy as Parliament’s co-rapporteurs. But it is clear that they only wish to hear from people who already share their views.
Today’s hearing follows on from a debate in the Parliament plenary last week in Strasbourg which was already written about on Agenda Europe. During that debate, the militant genderists in the Parliament were given strong support in their ideological battle by both the European Commission and the Slovak Presidency of the Council. Speaking on behalf of the Commission, Věra Jourová, the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality updated MEPs on how the Commission sees “progress towards an EU accession to the Istanbul Convention.”
Ms Jourová stated that she is “constantly encouraging the Member States to ratify alongside the EU, and the Member States can rely on available European Programmes and funds to help in this process.” In other words, in addition to bullying Member States into signing up to dangerous document, the Commission is also offering to bribe them with the offer of EU funds for gender-theory-friendly projects in their countries. She also makes it clear that the Commission sees this as an opportunity to further fund so-called NGOs who promote this radical agenda: “This money will go to the organisations – the NGOs – which work on the ground and which can also contribute in a very significant way to the success of this campaign. Just to add regarding the money, in 2016 alone the EU spent EUR 24.5 million to support 62 gender-based violence combating humanitarian projects.”
For his part, Ivan Korčok, representing the President-in-Office of the Council, and in theory defending the interests of Member States, is similarly bewitched by gender doctrine. In double-speak, he refers to “the Council’s long-standing commitment to see an end to the suffering of victims through a binding and effective instrument such as the Istanbul Convention.”
There are plenty of laws on the statute books of all 28 Member States to prosecute violence against women. The Istanbul Convention will do nothing to change this situation, but will give a legal basis for promoting gender ideology throughout the EU. Even though the Slovak minister concedes that there are diverging views on this controversial document within the Council of the EU, he commits to trying to ram it through at EU level by the end of the year. These radical ideologues will stop at nothing in their efforts to undermine one of the fundamentals of Western society – the complementarity of men and women. In their extremist world view, gender is a mere social construct, something that can be changed at a whim.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
The EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence
STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11.30 – 12.30
European Parliament, Brussels
Joszéf Antall, room 4Q2
Introductory remarks by the co-chairs, Claude MORAES, Chair of Committee on Civil
Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and Iratxe GARCÍA PÉREZ,
Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
Ms Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women
Ms Tiina Astola, European Commission, DG Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
Mr Marian Filcik, Chair of the Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons for the SK Council Presidency
Ms Corazza Bildt and Ms Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy, MEP, EP co-rapporteurs on the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention
Exchange of views
Conclusions by the co-chairs