16 mars 2023
Council of Europe supports EEA and Norway Grants’ study visit on women’s sheltersBodø, Norway 17/03/2023
In January 2023, the Council of Europe was delighted to join Romania’s National Agency for Equal...
16 mars 2023
Launch of a Council of Europe Gender Equality CalendarStrasbourg 16/03/23
On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Council of Europe launched a gender equality calendar...
8 mars 2023
Equal rights for women and girls: the role of men and boysStrasbourg 08/03/2023
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs and President of the Committee of Ministers Thórdís...
7 mars 2023
Rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls in focus at CSW side-eventNew-York, USA 07/03/2023
In the margins of the 67th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, the Council of...
28 févr. 2023
Conference marks successful completion of project in AzerbaijanBaku 28/02/2023
On 22 February 2023, the Council of Europe brought together in Baku around 100 participants...
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.
Just out – New study on the impact of COVID-19 on Women’s Access to Justice in Europe
The COVID-19 pandemic had, and still has, a major impact on gender equality, as it has persistently challenged decades of gender equality advancements. There have been major backlashes at many levels: the rise in domestic violence, unemployment, the resurgence of very traditional role expectations. Another specific backlash relates to equal access to justice. Women face a variety of legal, institutional, socio-economic and cultural barriers in their access to justice. These were undeniably exacerbated during the pandemic.
Produced within the framework of the EU/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance II: Women's Access to Justice (2019-2022), the study was enriched by contributions from members of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission (GEC), the pan-European intergovernmental steering committee on gender equality policies.
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.
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.