Slovakia, which holds the rotating EU Council Presidency until the end of 2016 continues to promote the radical gender ideology of the ‘Istanbul Convention’ despite strong statements by the Slovak bishops, warning of the dangers to children of this extremist document which seeks to deny the fundamentals of human nature.
The Slovak Government, led by socialist Robert Fico, has made it one of the priorities of its six-month EU presidency to get the EU institutions signed up to the Istanbul Convention, and to pressurise EU Member States to ratifying it. If Slovakia is successful in this endeavour, the EU will for the first time have a legally-binding definition of gender as something determined by choice or education, rather than a biological fact. This in turn will pave the way for radical indoctrination of schoolchildren, teaching them that they are no longer boys or girls, but are free to decide for themselves which sex they are. Clearly, subjecting minors to this type of ideological brainwashing is nothing short of child abuse.
The official purpose of the Istanbul Convention is to stop violence against women, but this is in fact a cover for a far more sinister agenda. Arcbishop Stanislav Zvolensky of Bratislava said “Any form of violence committed on women is condemnable and absolutely inadmissible. Violence against women can never be tolerated and it is our duty to make every effort to stop it. The protection of women, however, is an important matter, that all concealed attempts of simultaneously advocating for other issues, such as the gender ideology or teaching of so-called non-stereotypical roles in schools, are unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, in a recent statement before the European Parliament, Ivan Korčok, Plenipotentiary of the Government for the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the EU stated in relation to the Istanbul Convention: “This matter has been one of our priorities since the very start of our Presidency last July.” Minister Korčok admitted that “there are still diverging views regarding the scope of the EU’s accession. These involve complex legal matters on which Member States are seeking more clarity.” Nevertheless, he went on to claim that the Slovak Government is “confident that we will be able to make substantial progress with the proposal for a Council decision on the signing of the Convention.”