Statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017

Making women safe from fear, safe from violence – how the Istanbul Convention is helping to achieve full gender equality

8 March 2017 Strasbourg

GREVIO seizes the occasion of International Women’s Day to recall the importance of the Istanbul Convention as the most comprehensive set of legally binding standards to ensure every woman’s right to a life free from violence. GREVIO thus reiterates that the purposes and aims of the Istanbul...

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The Republic of Moldova signs the Istanbul Convention

06/02/2017 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, Ms Corina CĂLUGĂRU, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe, signed the Istanbul Convention. The Republic of Moldova becomes the 44th member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Istanbul Convention. At this date, 22...

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GREVIO receives state reports from Albania and Denmark

19/01/2017 Strasbourg

In accordance with GREVIO’s evaluation timetable, state reports from Albania and Denmark were received by GREVIO on 16 and 18 January 2017, respectively, and are published today in accordance with Rule 33, paragraph 6 of GREVIO’s Rules of Procedure. The Group will first look into these reports at...

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Russia: decriminalising domestic violence would be a clear sign of regression, says Secretary General Jagland

16/01/2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter today to the Chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation expressing his deep concern at the legislation which, if adopted, would decriminalize domestic violence in Russia. “I call upon you...

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Council of Europe’s expert group on violence against women visits Monaco

2/12/2016 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will carry out a monitoring visit to Monaco from 5 to 7 December 2016. The organisation of this visit follows GREVIO’s review of Monaco’s state report on 8 November. It...

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Feo Aladag at the Council of Europe to mark 25 November

24/11/2016

On the eve of the 25th of November, the Violence against Women Division invited all Council of Europe staff, as well as Permanent Representations in Strasbourg, to the projection of the film When we Leave, with the exceptional participation of the director Feo Aladag, in the Palais de l’Europe...

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Council of Europe group on violence against women: first-ever monitoring visit to Austria

24/11/2016

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will be visiting Austria for its first ever monitoring visit from 28 November to 2 December, one of the steps in the procedure to monitor the implementation of the Istanbul Convention....

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GREVIO joins call for more efforts to prevent gender-based violence

23/11/2016

“Speaking ahead of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against women, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Inter- American Special Rapporteur on...

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GREVIO reviews state report with representatives of Austria

16/11/2016 Strasbourg

On 9 November 2016, GREVIO considered a state report under its first (baseline) evaluation procedure. It reviewed the report submitted by Austria and held a constructive dialogue with Austrian representatives on this occasion. The Austrian delegation was led by Marie-Theres Prantner, Federal...

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Liechtenstein signs the Istanbul Convention

10 November 2016 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, Mr Daniel Ospelt, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the Council of Europe signed the Istanbul Convention. Liechtenstein becomes the 43rd member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Istanbul Convention. At this...

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GREVIO reviews first state report with representatives of Monaco

9/11/2016

On 8 November 2016, for the first time, GREVIO considered a state report under its first (baseline) evaluation procedure. It reviewed the report submitted by Monaco and held a constructive dialogue with Monegasque representatives on this occasion. The Monegasque delegation was led by Rémi...

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7th meeting of GREVIO

23/09/2016 Strasbourg

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) held its 7th meeting in Strasbourg from 19 to 22 September 2016. During this meeting, the Group had a preliminary discussion on the content of the state reports submitted by Austria and Monaco earlier...

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GREVIO receives first state reports from Austria and Monaco

06/09/2016 Strasbourg

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) initiated its first country-by-country evaluation procedure in March 2016 by requesting Austria and Monaco to report on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention on the basis of its questionnaire, as...

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New gap analysis of Bulgarian criminal legislation

13/07/2016 Sofia

A report containing a gap analysis of Bulgarian criminal legislation against the Istanbul Convention has become available. It is one of the outcomes of the project "Improvement of the national legal framework to bring it in line with Council of Europe standards and strengthening the capacity of...

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“No means No”: Secretary General welcomes German legislation to end violence against women

7/07/2016 Strasbourg

"I welcome today’s vote in the German parliament to pass the so-called No means No law, which brings Germany in line with our convention to end violence against women," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "Rape cannot be limited to just physical assault," he said of the...

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Romania ratifies the Istanbul Convention

23 May 2016 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, Ms Ana Birchall, President of the Commission for European Affairs, Member of Parliament, Chamber of Deputies of Romania, deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic...

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Latvia signs the Istanbul Convention

18 May 2016 Sofia

Today, in Sofia, Mr Jānis Reirs, Minister of Social Affairs of Latvia, signed the Istanbul Convention. Latvia becomes the 42nd member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Istanbul Convention. At this date, 21 States have ratified the Convention. The Group of experts on action against...

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Czech Republic signs the Istanbul Convention

02/05/2016 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, Mr Emil Ruffer, Ambassador, Permanent Representative for the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, signed the Istanbul Convention. The Czech Republic becomes the 41st member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Istanbul Convention. At this date, 21 States have...

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Bulgaria signs the Istanbul Convention

21/04/2016 Sofia

Today, in Sofia, the Minister of Justice of Bulgaria, Ms Ekatrina Zaharieva, signed the Istanbul Convention. Bulgaria, currently chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, becomes the 40th member state of the Council of Europe to sign the Istanbul Convention. At this date, 21...

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Initiation of the baseline evaluation of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Austria and Monaco

22 March 2016 Strasbourg

On 22 March 2016, GREVIO requested Austria and Monaco to report on measures taken to implement the Istanbul Convention. The reports to be drawn up by Austria and Monaco will have to be based on the questionnaire recently adopted by GREVIO. They should be submitted to GREVIO by 1 September 2016....

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