Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)

 Safe from fear, safe from violence

celebrating the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention

International Conference

Rome, 19 September 2014
Co-organised by the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chamber of Deputies of Italy



In partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Council of Europe is organising a conference in Rome on 19 September to celebrate the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention.

The Conference Safe from fear, safe from violence celebrating the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention will pay tribute to the important role of the Istanbul Convention in filling a gap in the protection of women from gender-based violence in Europe and beyond. Particular emphasis will be placed on the added value of the Convention, the link between achieving gender equality and combating violence against women, as well as recognising violence against women as a serious human rights violation. In addition, the measures which States Parties to the Convention will be required to take in the area of prevention, protection and prosecution will be presented in detail, as well as the need for holistic policies in this field. Finally, the Conference will provide a platform for the exchange of experiences, knowhow and networking among participants. The Conference is expected to generate interest in the Convention among key stakeholders involved in the ratification process from non-States Parties as well as among media and NGO representatives. In respect of the current States Parties, it is expected to lead to a demonstration of political will to implement its provisions.

 Participants will include representatives from government structures and institutions at decision-making level, parliaments and local authorities from Council of Europe member states and beyond, other regional and international organisations, NGOs and civil society as well as media. It will bring together a wide range of important actors without which the shaping and the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention would not have been possible. Participation is upon invitation only.

Objective of the Conference

The objective of the Conference is three-fold: 

Celebrate the entry into force of this ground-breaking convention;

Highlight its holistic approach to combating violence against women;

Encourage member States and other participating States to sign and ratify it.


Conference Documents:

Programme in Italian
Concept note
Pratical information
Press Release
Photo Gallery

Co-organised by :

  The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  The Italian Chamber of Deputies


Ms Johanna Nelles

Head of Unit

Ms Irida Varfi-Boehrer

Administrative Assistant