The European Court of Human Rights finds sex and age discrimination in the compensation awarded to a 50-year-old woman for a medical error

25 July 2017

In its judgment of 25 July 2017 (case Carvalho Pinto de Sousa Morais v. Portugal), the Court found that the applicant’s age and sex appeared to have been decisive factors in the Portuguese courts’ final decision on the compensation awarded for a medical error during a surgical procedure. The...

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The 15 complaints for alleged violation of equal pay for women and men have been declared admissible by the European Committee of Social Rights

27 July 2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights declared admissible the 15 complaints lodged by University Women of Europe in 2016 for alleged violation of the rights to work, to fair remuneration, and to equal opportunities and equal treatment in employment and occupation without discrimination on the...

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Women's access to justice accross the Eastern Partnership countries

25 July 2017 Strasbourg

In May-July 2017, the Gender Equality Unit of the Council of Europe carried out a series of eight pilot training seminars on women’s access to justice across the Eastern Partnership countries. Implemented in the context of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework “Improving Women’s Access to...

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2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

17-19 July 2017 New York

On the occasion of the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum (17-19 July 2017), the Czech Republic, the Council of Europe, UN Women and the Tatana Kucharova Foundation – Beauty of Help, organised the side-event:...

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Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”organised by the Pompidou Group in Rome, 26-27 June 2017

The Council of Europe Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group) co-organised a seminar on women and drugs with the Italian Anti-Drugs Policies Department (Dipartimento politiche antidroga). The objective of the event was to discuss the introduction...

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PACE adopts a resolution to combat sexual violence and harassment of women in public space

On 29 June 2017, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution 2177 “Putting an end to sexual violence and harassment of women in public space”. The Resolution highlights the need for a “fundamental change of mindsets” in regard to violence against women and calls on...

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2nd OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference

The Head of the Gender Equality Unit spoke at the 2nd OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference (Vienna, 12-13 June 2017) to present the lessons learned from the Council of Europe’s work on gender mainstreaming. GREVIO’s President also spoke in another conference panel to inform participants about...

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Second meeting of the Drafting Committee preparing a draft recommendation to prevent and combat sexism

The Drafting Committee set up by the Gender Equality Commission (GEC) to prepare a draft Committee of Ministers recommendation to prevent and combat sexism (GEC-DC Sexism) met in Paris on 22-23 June. The Drafting Committee discussed input from several experts, including work on cybersexism and...

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The European Union signs the Istanbul Convention

13/06/2017 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Ambassador Joseph Filletti, Permanent Representative of Malta to the Council of Europe (Presidency-in-office of the Council of the EU) and Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and...

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European Commission proposes a new “work-life balance package” for parents and carers

Unpaid care work has an impact on the capacity of carers (mostly women) to access paid employment and engage in public life. The European Commission has put forward new proposals to enable parents and other people with caring responsibilities to better balance their work and private lives and to...

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The Justice Academy of Azerbaijan prepares the next generation of judges to incorporate a gender-sensitive approach in their work

For the first time, the entire corps of candidate judges of Azerbaijan took part in an intensive training seminar on “Ensuring Women’s Access to Justice”. Two groups, comprising a total of 126 candidate judges, took part in the training seminar on 1-3 May 2017 in Baku, in the framework of the...

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Statement on current threats to women’s rights in Europe by the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 24 April 2017, the Committee expressed “deep concern at the growing trend in European countries and beyond to challenge the achievements made in the field of women’s rights over recent decades”. The Committee specifically mentioned sexist hate speech, challenges to sexual and reproductive...

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Women’s rights and gender equality featured prominently in the Commissioner’s work in 2016

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights examined these issues during his visits in 2016 to Andorra, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. In all these visits and in his reports, the Commissioner paid attention to the problem of violence against women and domestic violence. The...

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UN Women initiative to repeal and amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls: Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030

In February 2017, UN Women, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now co-hosted the first of many dialogues about how to meet the target of SDG 5, which calls for ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls in laws, policies and practice, and identify strategies to...

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New research shows high levels of harassment and sexual violence against women journalists in Council of Europe member states

The Council of Europe has published the study “Journalists under pressure: Unwarranted interference, fear and self-censorship in Europe” to contribute evidence-based data to the debate on how to address threats to media freedom, which have shown a significant increase in Europe in recent years....

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2017 Report on equality between women and men in the EU

The report takes stock of progress in implementing the Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019, including key trends, actions and achievements by the Commission and the Member States in 2016. It also highlights good practices in Member States and projects supported by the EU. The...

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Highlights from the 11th meeting of the Gender Equality Commission

The Gender Equality Commission (GEC) met on 5-7 April 2017 to review the implementation of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017. The GEC reviewed a discussion document to prepare the next Gender Equality Strategy for 2018-2023. It also discussed the outcome of the first...

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Publications of international organisations regarding gender equality

Several international organisations published interesting reports related to gender equality issues in the first months of 2017. The European Commission published its 2017 Report on equality between women and men in the EU. The report takes stock of progress in implementing the Strategic...

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Publication of UN assessment report on gender statistics in the Europe and Central Asia Region

The assessment report, commissioned by the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (UN Women ECA RO), summarises ongoing initiatives by other actors on data collection, including the Council of Europe, and identifies key gaps, challenges, opportunities and entry points for UN Women...

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Council of Europe event on “Sexist Hate Speech – a violation of women’s human rights”

The Council of Europe and the Permanent Missions of Cyprus, Bulgaria, Belgium, Andorra and Liechtenstein to the United Nations are organising a side-event at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-61). The aims are to raise awareness about the Council of Europe’s standards...

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