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New methodology and toolkit to help civil society organisations run awareness-raising campaigns on the Istanbul Convention

Strasbourg 01/07/2022
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New methodology and toolkit to help civil society organisations run awareness-raising campaigns on the Istanbul Convention

The Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Division, Women Against Violence Europe Network (WAVE) and UN Women have developed a methodology with relevant advocacy resources and tools to support civil society organisations (CSOs) in promoting the values, aims and provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).

This methodology will help CSOs in running national communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention, generate positive narratives and dispel myths and misinformation regarding the convention. The campaigns can be aimed either to pave the way towards the ratification of the Istanbul Convention or increase the quality of its implementation. The promotion of the Istanbul Convention in simple and plain language is expected to increase targeted groups’ awareness on women’s rights and eventually help tackle domestic violence and prevent violence against women.

In 2021, this methodology was piloted by selected CSOs with expertise and experience in work related to combatting violence against women and domestic violence in three countries: Czech Republic, Latvia, and Poland. Lessons learned and recommendations were taken into consideration in the development of the methodological package which is now available for use by CSOs in all Council of Europe member states.

The full package can be downloaded here: