On the International Women’s Day, the Council of Europe Ankara Programme Office and its partners call for preventing and combating sexism and gender stereotyping which present serious obstacles to the achievement of real gender equality and feed into gender discrimination.
In 2019, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism, calling for measures to prevent and condemn sexism in various areas both public and private spheres such as: language and communications; internet and social media; media, advertising and other communication methods; workplace; public sector; justice sector; education institutions; culture and sport. The full text of the recommendation is now available in Turkish.
The joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Fostering a comprehensive institutional response to violence against women and domestic violence in Turkey”, implemented by the Council of Europe together with the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, Ministry of Justice, Justice Academy of Turkey and Ministry of Interior, and in co-operation with the police and gendarmerie, aims at strengthening institutional mechanisms and capacities of key professionals in Turkey to co-ordinate and effectively apply the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
The action is implemented within the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.