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Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)2 on gender mainstreaming in sport

[27/01/2015] The Recommendation promotes policies and practices to ensure gender mainstreaming in all fields and at all levels of sport. Member states are to encourage co-operation between stakeholders responsible for sport, physical education and gender equality policies at the national level. The Recommendation includes a list of legislative and policy measures, specific programmes to combat gender-based violence in sport, awareness-raising, and measures in formal and non-formal physical education, among others. Member states are asked to review gender mainstreaming policies, practices and results at the national level and report to the relevant bodies of the Council of Europe on the steps taken and progress achieved.  

Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)3 on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights

[27/01/2015] The Recommendation includes the need for member States to develop gender-sensitive approaches in the elaboration of youth policies in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and provide support for the capacity building and equal participation of young women and young men. The Recommendation includes measures to promote gender equality and improve the access to social rights of young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. It also addresses the prevention of all forms of violence in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, including bullying, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence. The Recommendation calls for gender-sensitive human rights training for police, legal professionals and representatives of other responsible authorities involved in addressing violence in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.  

New factsheet on guaranteeing women’s equal access to justice

[21/01/2015] The Council of Europe Gender Equality Unit has prepared a new factsheet on work and standards on women’s access to justice. The factsheet is prepared in the framework of work and activities towards the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017. The factsheet will be updated after the next event on this issue: the conference “Towards guaranteeing equal access of women to justice” (15-16 October 2015, Bern, Switzerland).


New report on National Roma Integration Strategies: evaluating gender

[21/01/2015] The European Roma and Travellers Forum has published the report “Evaluating gender in the National Roma Integration Strategies”, focusing specifically on the issues of gender, youth, and anti-discrimination. The report finds that these three areas, and gender in particular, deserve more thorough attention both at European and national levels. The report also provides methods to more effectively mainstream gender and youth, and strengthen anti-discrimination measures. Link to the report.


Entry into force of the Istanbul Convention: a milestone achievement in gender equality

12/01/2015] This timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world during the year 2014. It features the entry into force of the landmark Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). Click to read more.

Barbershop Conference - 14-15 January 2015 – Changing the discourse among men on gender equality

Barbershop, NY Jan 2015[09/01/2015] Organised by the Icelandic government, together with the Government of Suriname, the event at the UN Headquarters in New York will rally men and boys to commit to upholding gender equality and change the discourse among their peers. It will provide a setting for men-to-men discussions about their own role, privileges and behaviours in realising women’s rights and ending violence against women and girls. Mr Sergiy Kyslytsya, Chairperson of the Gender Equality Commission, will represent the Council of Europe in this event. (Concept Note, Programme, Speech and photo gallery).

6th meeting of the Gender Equality Commission (GEC)

[20/11/2014] The Gender Equality Commission (GEC) unanimously elected Sergiy Kyslytsya (Ukraine) as its Chair. The GEC also elected Kira Appel (Denmark) as its Vice Chair. The term of office of both appointments is for one year, and may be renewed for another year. Consult the meetings documents and presentations.

Round Table on the Istanbul Convention as a tool to end female genital mutilation, Paris, 15 December 2014

[11/12/2014] A round table on the Istanbul Convention and female genital mutilation (FGM) to be held on 15 December 2014 in Paris, will bring together a wide range of French Government representatives in order to discuss the added value of the Istanbul Convention when it comes to combating FGM in France.

The event is being organised by the French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights, the Council of Europe, the Amnesty International “End FGM” European Campaign and the GAMS* National Federation. The Council of Europe and Amnesty International’s guide on the use of the Convention as a tool to end FGM will be presented on this occasion.

- Programme (in French only)

- The Istanbul Convention: a tool to end female genital mutilation (available in French shortly)

* Group against Sexual Mutilation, Forced Marriage and other harmful practices against Women and Children

Conference “Towards Guaranteeing equal access of women to justice” (15-16 October 2015, Bern, Switzerland)

Bern The Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality and the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission are organising this event in 2015. Please block the dates in your diaries and check regularly this website for further information. Read more.....


Regional Workshop on “Mapping the way forward to provide sufficient and accessible support services in response to violence against women and girls”, Tirana, 4-5 December 2014

[02/12/2014] The Council of Europe’s Analytical report of the results of the 4th round of monitoring the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers on the protection of women against violence revealed several gaps in the area of support services to respond to violence against women and girls, such as insufficient shelter beds and very low levels of support available for victims of sexual assault. To address these challenges, the Council of Europe and UN Women initiated a study on the availability and accessibility of support services for women and girls subjected to gender-based violence.

A regional workshop will be held to present the methodology and discuss the development of national studies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia and Turkey. Representatives of government, civil society and researchers from Jordan, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine will also attend. The regional workshop will provide a forum for dialogue among 60 expected participants, on the existing challenges to meet the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) in the area of support services.

The event takes place within the global 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign.

Programme of the event.

Council of Europe Gender Mainstreaming with CODEXTER

[17/11/2014] At their 27th plenary meeting on 13-14 November 2014, the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) examined and took note of the Discussion Paper on Possible Gender-Related Priorities prepared by the Gender Equality Rapporteur, Ms Tanja KIKEREKOVA (“the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”). The CODEXTER endorsed the proposals contained in the aforesaid document, including that the Group of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism could examine the implementation of gender mainstreaming within the Convention, and that CODEXTER could examine the role of women in radicalization, with a view to developing best practices/guidelines on these issues as necessary.

International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November 2014

[25/11/2014] The Council of Europe participated to the official commemoration of the International Day to end Violence against women at UN Headquarters on 25 November 2014. During her intervention in the Panel Violence against Women and Girls: Best Laws and Policies, Learning from the winners of the 2014 Future Policy Award, Marja Ruotanen, Director of Human Dignity and Equality, highlighted the importance of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention as a unique and the most comprehensive global instrument to address violence against women and domestic violence, the measures to be taken in order to guarantee the effective implementation of the Convention and the setting up and role of the monitoring mechanism. For scenes from the panel please take a look at:




 Turning vision into reality: the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention - response to women victims of violence across the world

[24/11/2014] On the International Day on Ending Violence against Women, the Council of Europe remembers the hundreds and thousands of women who suffer unspeakable violence, at the hands of their partners, family, and strangers. We remember the women who live with fear and feel unsafe whether they are inside the walls of their home, in the workplace, at school, in a war zone or just walking in the street. More….

Secretary General Jagland: Europe must do more to investigate cases of violence against women