The Council of Europe participated in the second edition of the International Conference on preventing and combating violence against women and girls and domestic violence hosted by the Republic of Moldova from 25 to 27 October 2022: “We stand by our women and girls!”.
Participants, both in Chisinau and online, discussed the national implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). They shared their views on the progress made so far and on remaining challenges to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. Particular attention was paid to the current context of the war in Ukraine and the role of non-governmental organizations, public authorities, and partners in ensuring peace, economic and social well-being at individual, community, and societal level.
Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Council of Europe highlighted that the Istanbul Convention represents the golden standard and that the Council of Europe is at the stage of measuring the impact of its application. Claudia Luciani also emphasised the progress made by the Republic of Moldova and called for more efforts when it comes to prevention: “The Istanbul Convention is of significant importance for everyone – for women and girls as well as men and boys, it is a unique effort and success on the road “to create a Europe free of violence against women and domestic violence” and realisation of the equality between women and men”.
National and international speakers, representatives of institutions, and government structures working with women and children called on all actors involved in preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence - as well as society as a whole - to join forces to eradicate this human rights violation.
The participation of the Council of Europe took place in the framework of the project "Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Republic of Moldova" (2022-2023).