Ukraine ratifies controversial Istanbul Convention with its redefinition of “gender”

Kiev, July 19, 2022

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Despite repeated protests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and other religious organizations, Ukraine has officially completed the ratification of the controversial “Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence,” better known as the Istanbul Convention.

A number of countries and Orthodox Churches have also warned that the Convention is a trojan horse for LGBT and gender ideology.

However, Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, welcomed the move from Ukraine in a tweet, noting that it’s the 36th country to ratify “this landmark treaty.”

The Ukrainian Parliament approved the Convention last month. President Zelensky then signed the law on ratification on June 21, and the document on ratification has now been officially submitted. The Convention will enter into force in Ukraine on November 1.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and other UOC hierarchs and lay organizations have repeatedly warned about the dangerous ideology hiding under the pretext of addressing domestic violence. “There are ideological landmines hidden in the Istanbul Convention that can undermine Ukrainian society,” Met. Onuphry told the President in December.

“The essence of the Istanbul Convention is to destroy at the legislative level the concept of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, as well as traditional ideas about family values,” His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye also said in December.

As His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of the Moldovan Church wrote in October, one of the most controversial aspects of the Convention is its definition of “gender” as “socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes, which a given society considers appropriate for women and men.”

The Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations again appealed to the Verkhovna Rada in June, urging it not to ratify such a controversial document that will undoubtedly cause societal conflicts, especially in wartime. However, the Rada adopted the Convention just days later.

The Council of Churches condemned the fact of the ratification, which took place without due public discussion.

The Istanbul Convention has also been condemned by the Bulgarian, Moldovan, and Polish Churches.

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Panagiotis7/20/2022 3:45 am
Ukraine is an Orthodox Nation, and this nonsense should have been rejected......The no good liberals work in incremental small steps. You give them an inch, and then they take a mile. The no good feminist movement is the root cause of many of our societal problems. Before feminism, the families were strong, the communities were strong, the churches were strong, and the countries were strong. Feminism is just one of the many garbage movements that are laying the groundwork and paving the way for the arrival of the Antichrist, i.e. the false messiah. It is the internationalists that are pushing these garbage movements. The Christian and Muslim people have to be weakened before the Antichrist or false messiah arrives and deceives many people into believing him. Weak people are easily fooled........ Just my humble opinion.
anonymous7/19/2022 11:53 pm
Ukraine is as Zelensky, the new Bandera, does. Clearly they are in need of significantly more denazification in order to return to normality.
Makarios7/19/2022 4:22 pm
As it is, "Ukraine" as it has been known, will not exist much longer... the new map has already been drawn. What is truly sad is the way this nation commits spiritual suicide. May God have mercy!
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