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Gender equality is an important policy goal of the Council of Europe. Priority areas of intervention are defined by the Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 and working methods include intergovernmental work, cooperation projects and gender mainstreaming.

 At a glance


Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention: methodology and toolkit for civil society organisations

The Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Division, Women Against Violence Europe Network (WAVE) and UN Women have developed a methodology and tools to promote the values, aims and benefits of the Istanbul Convention

This methodology presents a strategy for communications and advocacy campaigns to be implemented by local civil society organisations (CSOs). It provides key messages and tools to support them in raising awareness on the Istanbul Convention and dispelling myths and misinformation about it.


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Stop sexism

In March 2019, the Committee of Ministers adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism: it calls for specific action in respect of language and communication; internet and social media; media, advertising and other communication methods; workplace; public sector; justice sector; education institutions; culture and sport and the private sphere. It is currently available in 26 languages as well as in the English and French official versions. 

An action page and a brochure give concrete guidance regarding the implementation of the Recommendation.

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Migrant women

In May 2022, the Committee of Ministers, meeting in Turin, adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)27 on protecting the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls.

Drawing on Council of Europe treaties including the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and the Convention on action against trafficking in human beings, the recommendation addresses issues faced by women and girls: from adequate transit and reception facilities, to their health needs or establishing gender-sensitive asylum policies.

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