Victims’ safety goes first: Armenian Police strengthens response to violence against women and domestic violence

26/11/2021 Yerevan

Police officers of Armenia participated in a two-day interactive training on how to address and respond to violence against women and domestic violence. The participants learned about what is gender-based violence and how it affects women disproportionately, the national obligations from...

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Study Visit for Azerbaijani state authorities to Georgia on violence against women

26/11/2021 Baku

From 15 to 17 November 2021, a delegation of representatives from the Azerbaijani state authorities visited Georgia to hear about promising practices in the field of violence against women and domestic violence, as well as the Georgian experience of implementing the Council of Europe Convention...

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Call for tenders for the provision of online/hybrid events technical services in the Russian Federation

24/11/2021 Moscow

The Council of Europe project “Co-operation for the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women 2017-2022: applying best practices” is launching a call for tenders for the provision of online technical services (management of online/hybrid events and multimedia and...

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Call for local intellectual services in the area of violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*

23/11/2021 Pristina

The Council of Europe project “Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo* (phase III)" is launching a call for the provision of national consultancy services in the area of violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*. The selected consultants...

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Call for visibility, communication, public relations, photographic and videography services in the Russian Federation

23/11/2021 Moscow

The Council of Europe is launching this call in the framework of the project “Co-operation for the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women 2017-2022: applying best practices”. Interested candidates are invited to apply as described in the Tender File under the...

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Call for tenders for local consultancy services in the areas of women’s access to justice, women’s human rights and gender equality in Turkey

09/11/2021 Ankara

Within the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022" and its action “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey”, the Council of Europe Programme Office in Ankara initiates a call, a competitive...

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Growing number of Georgian public servants trained on violence against women and domestic violence

09/11/2021 Tbilisi

A group of 17 police officers and staff members of the Human Rights Protection and Quality Monitoring Department of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs received their certificates of completion of the HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on violence against women and...

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Practical Guide for police officers on effective response to violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine

08/11/2021 Kyiv

The publication “Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence: A Practical Guide for Police officers”, produced by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Police of Ukraine, updates a 2017 manual in response to important developments in...

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Study visit to the Council of Europe for Bulgarian working group on violence against women

08/11/2021 On-line

A working group from Bulgaria developing a case-management guide for Bulgarian magistrates joined women's rights specialists and professionals from the Council of Europe for an online study visit on 21 October 2021. Members of the working group participated in engaged discussions with Council of...

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First meeting of partners of the Council of Europe project in Kosovo* (Phase III)

26/10/2021 Pristina

On 26 October 2021, the first Steering Committee meeting of the project “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*- Phase III”, took place in Pristina. The project started 1 July 2021 and will run until 28 February 2023. The opening remarks were...

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Call for national consultancy services on women’s political participation and violence against women and domestic violence in the Russian Federation

29/10/2021 Moscow

The Council of Europe project “Co-operation for the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women 2017-2022: applying best practices” is launching a call for the provision of national consultancy services in the areas of participation of women in political life and...

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Newsletter No 4 of this year has just been issued!

22/10/21 Strasbourg

This newsletter covers our activities relating to the following objectives of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy for the period August to October 2021: Prevent and combat gender stereotypes and sexism Prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence Ensuring the equal...

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Azerbaijani judge candidates trained on the main standards in the field of violence against women and domestic violence

21/10/2021 Baku

On 19 October 2021, a group of 40 judge candidates from Azerbaijan were trained on the main standards in the field of violence against women and domestic violence, including the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul...

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Improved reporting of violence against women and domestic violence cases by Armenian journalists

16-18/09/2021 Yerevan

Journalists representing different regional TV channels, online and print media of Armenia discussed the principles of media reporting on the topics of violence against women and domestic violence in a three-day online training seminar. The seminar addressed how media can help raise awareness...

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Beyond domestic violence: how will the ratification of the Istanbul Convention prevent and combat violence against women in Ukraine?

13/10/2021 Kyiv

On 12 October, 2021 La Strada Ukraine held the online round table, "The Istanbul Convention is not just about domestic violence: how will the ratification of the Istanbul Convention strengthen the prevention and counteraction of various types of gender-based violence in Ukraine?" The roundtable...

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Explaining the articles of the Istanbul Convention in Azerbaijan

13/10/2021 Baku

On 12 October 2021, the action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” delivered the third of a series of webinars dedicated to explaining specific articles of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against...

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Launch of a new project on women’s access to justice in Turkey

11/10/2021 Ankara

On 1 October 2021, the Council of Europe Gender Equality Division in co-operation with the Council of Europe Office in Ankara began implementing the new action “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey” under the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for...

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New Council of Europe and European Union joint project in the Russian Federation

11/10/2021 Moscow

A new Council of Europe and European Union joint project “Cooperation for the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women 2017-2022: applying best practices” started on 18 September. It builds on the lessons learned of the project “Co-operation in the...

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Manual for Georgian investigators, prosecutors and judges on cases of sexual violence crimes

11/10/2021 Tbilisi

Presented online on 22 September 2021, the manual was developed with the support of the Council of Europe's Georgia Office, UN Women and the international organization Equality Now, as well as the Prosecutor Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs, international and local experts, including...

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Second communication workshop “Building engagement: #IstanbulConventionSavesLives”

07/10/2021 On-line

On 28 September, the second communication workshop “Building Engagement: #IstanbulConventionSavesLives” targeting NGOs in Latvia took place online. The Council of Europe, UN Women and WAVE Network brought together communication specialists, journalists and NGO activists to exchange practices on...

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Taking stock of the project “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan”

04/10/2021 Baku

The Board of the project on “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” met online on 20 September. During the meeting, the project management informed Board members and observers about the progress of the project, the results achieved to date...

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International conference on Women’s Access to Justice

04/10/2021 Online

Do you know how access to justice is linked to combating violence against women? Do you want to know how legal professionals can be everyday human rights heroes? Then, join us for the international conference on Women’s Access to Justice: Moving closer to full ratification and implementation of...

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Podcasts on domestic violence and violence against women in Armenia

24/09/21 Yerevan

What are the main challenges for survivors of violence against women and domestic violence when they want to break free from violence? What are the State’s obligations to combat domestic violence? What are the consequences of domestic violence on national economies? Armenian experts Lusine...

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Factsheets on case law of the ECHR on violence against women, domestic violence and gender equality in Azerbaijani

24/09/21 Baku

Under the European Union and Council of Europe’s joint action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan”, the latest versions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) factsheets on violence against women, domestic violence, and gender...

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The Council of Europe supports professionals in 7 countries to increase access to justice for women

13/09/2021 Strasbourg

Eleven members of the SYNERGY Network against Gender-based and Domestic violence have successfully completed a 6-module training course on Access to Justice for Women in August 2021. The course was provided by the Council of Europe in order to support EEA/Norway Grants' efforts to combat violence...

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Ukrainian NGOs supported to raise awareness on the Istanbul Convention

25/08/2021 Kyiv

Two Ukrainian civil society organisations have been awarded grants to raise awareness the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). With support from the Council of Europe, La Strada Ukraine will raise awareness...

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Call for proposals for project applications from the programme domestic and gender-based violence in Slovakia

24/08/2021 Strasbourg

An open call for proposals within the EEA/Norway Grants “Domestic and Gender-based Violence programme” in Slovakia was launched in August, in order to improve the quality of services provided by shelters and counselling centres not currently meeting European standards on violence against women...

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New video: “How will the Istanbul Convention help to stop violence against women in Ukraine?”

12/08/2021 Kyiv

The new video about the Istanbul Convention in Ukraine outlines the history of Ukraine’s signature of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), explains its four pillars and describes the positive changes which...

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Documentary on the impact of the Istanbul Convention now available in Ukrainian

12/08/2021 Kyiv

A special documentary on the impact of the Istanbul Convention is now available in Ukrainian. The documentary analyses the on-the-ground impact of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). It provides...

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New report: How can governments guarantee women’s access to justice?

05/08/2021 Strasbourg

A new report of the online Roundtable on “Framework to measure access to justice including specific challenges facing women” is now available. The report discusses the concept of access to justice in accordance with international and Council of Europe’s human rights standards; it analyses the...

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Newsletter No 3 of this year has just been issued!

28/07/21 Strasbourg

This newsletter covers our activities relating to the following objectives of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy for the period April to July 2021: Prevent and combat gender stereotypes and sexism Prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence Ensuring the equal...

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Project ends in the Republic of Moldova with many awareness raising materials produced on the Istanbul Convention

20/07/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project “Awareness-raising activities on the Istanbul Convention in the Republic of Moldova (2020-2021)” ended on 30 June with a wealth of materials produced to increase local understanding about the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against...

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Open Call for Slovakian organisations to combat Domestic and Gender-based Violence

09/07/2021 Strasbourg

An open call for proposals within the EEA/Norway Grants “Domestic and Gender-based Violence programme” was launched on 6th July 2021 for Slovak entities, in order to develop a partnership and develop a project application together with Norwegian organisations in the area of domestic and gender...

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New phase of the project on fighting against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*

05/07/2021 Pristina

From 1st July, 2021 the Council of Europe has started implementing the phase III of the project ‘’Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence’’. The project builds on the results of the previous projects "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and...

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Communication workshop “Building engagement: #IstanbulConventionSavesLives”

30/06/2021 Strasbourg

On 25 June, the Council of Europe, UN Women and WAVE Network brought together communication specialists, journalists and NGO activists to exchange practices on impactful communication on gender equality and human rights. Participants shared their experience and concrete techniques and ideas on...

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Georgian inspectors trained as trainers on sexual violence cases

29/06/2021 Tbilisi

Ten representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs successfully passed a 4-day training on sexual violence cases. “This training of trainers is an important step for continuous training of inspectors, in order to harmonise the administration of justice on sexual violence cases with...

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Over 2 300 stakeholders involved in the project on violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo* ending in June 2021

29/06/2021 Pristina

On 28 June 2021 the project’s “Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*- phase II, final Steering Committee meeting took place. The results and impact of the project were discussed among the key project partners: National Coordinator on Domestic...

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Training of Trainers on violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*

28/06/2021 Pristina

On 15-16 June 2021, under the project "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence - phase II", the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Justice Academy of Kosovo organised a two day Training of Trainers on violence against women and domestic violence, that...

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Training law professors in Azerbaijan to become trainers on violence against women

28/06/2021 Baku

On 16-17 June 2021, the Council of Europe action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” delivered a Human rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Training of Trainers (ToT) for law professors at the Faculty of Law at Baku State...

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New publication available in Azerbaijani on Article 13 of the Istanbul Convention

28/06/2021 Baku

The Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, is the most comprehensive international legal standard to end violence against women and domestic violence. It starts from the point that violence...

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Launching Awareness Raising Guidelines on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*

10/06/2021 Pristina

On 10 of June 2021, the Council of Europe in co-operation with the National Coordinator on Domestic Violence and the Agency for Gender Equality launched the newly developed Awareness Raising Guidelines on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence. Keynote speeches where offered by Frank Power,...

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Launch of the HELP course on Access to Justice for Women in the Eastern Partnership countries

11/06/2021 Strasbourg

During the livestreamed event on 8 June 2021, legal training institutes for judges and prosecutors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine came together with legal practitioners, NGOs and international organisations for the regional launch of the Council of Europe...

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What the articles of the Istanbul Convention say: second webinar

11/06/2021 Baku

On 8 June 2021, the action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” delivered the second of a series of webinars dedicated to explaining specific articles of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women...

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Methodology for twinning initiatives in the field of violence against women, domestic violence and gender equality piloted in Azerbaijan

10/06/2021 Baku

On 31 May 2021, Azerbaijani stakeholders participated in the online piloting of a twinning methodology in the field of violence against women, domestic violence and gender equality, based on the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and...

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The HELP course on violence against women and domestic violence is now available in French

8/6/2021 Strasbourg

The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP), supports member states to enhance their capacities to effectively and coherently apply European fundamental rights standards at the national level and though cross-border training. This e-learning course primarily...

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The Council of Europe Istanbul Convention also protects children from violence

04/06/2021 Strasbourg

In honour of International Children’s Day, the Council of Europe presented the topic, "The Istanbul Convention: also protecting children from violence", at the international roundtable in Lithuania, "How to Protect a Child: on preventing domestic violence against children" on 1 June 2021. The...

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Launching Quality Guidelines for Shelters for Victims of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*

01/06/2021 Pristina

On 27 of May 2021, the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Division of Family and Social Services launched a set of Quality Guidelines for Shelters for victims of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence. Keynote speeches were offered by Frank...

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The crucial role of risk assessment in protecting victims in cases of violence against women and domestic violence in Turkey

31/05/2021 Ankara

A new report, titled “Assessing and managing risks in cases of violence against women and domestic violence: Strengthening risk assessments, the risk-management system and inter-agency co-ordination in Turkey”, has been published. It analyses regulatory framework and practices related to risk...

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HELP online course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence graduation ceremony for Law Students in Kosovo*

31/05/2021 Pristina

On 25 May, the project "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo* - phase II", in co-operation with the Justice Academy of Kosovo, organised the online graduation ceremony for 21 law students from the Law Faculty of University of Pristina for the HELP...

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What’s next? – Steering Committee meeting of the regional PGGII project “Women’s Access to Justice”

31/05/21 Strasbourg

On 27 May 2021, the Council of Europe organised the third Project Steering Committee of the EU and CoE joint programme PGGII regional project: “Women access to justice: delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards”. The meeting gathered participants from...

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Workshop for Members of Ukrainian Parliament answering the question, ‘How will the Istanbul Convention help to stop violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine?’

27/05/2021 Kyiv

A workshop was held on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention), for 50 participants including Ukrainian Members of Parliament (MPs), assistants and consultants to Ukrainian MPs. The training...

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Civil society communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention in the Czech Republic, Latvia and Poland

26/05/2021 Strasbourg

On 26 May, the Council of Europe in cooperation with Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) and UN Women organised an on-line event to launch the communication and advocacy campaigns on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

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State social centres and helpline providers better prepared to support victims of domestic violence in Armenia

26/05/2021 Yerevan

On 10-25 May, a group of 81 social workers and psychologists of state social centres and helplines providing social support to families, children, elderly people and people with disabilities, as well as the key staff of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia responsible for...

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Training of Trainers for judges and prosecutors on combating violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*

25/05/2021 Pristina

From 18-20 May 2021, under the project "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence - phase II", the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Justice Academy of Kosovo* organised a three days’ Training of Trainers for judges and prosecutors on combating violence...

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Call for proposals to support the implementation of national initiatives by Ukrainian NGOs

25/05/2021 Kyiv

The Council of Europe project “Combating violence against women in Ukraine (COVAW)” is launching a call for proposals with the aim to co-fund national projects in Ukraine to raise awareness on the implementation of the Council of Europe standards, in particular the Council of Europe Convention on...

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“Why is ratification important for Ukraine?” On-line Roundtable on the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention

21/05/2021 Kyiv

A Roundtable on ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Ukraine was held on 14 May 2021, as a joint initiative of the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine. More than 120 representatives of central and local...

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New video: how the Istanbul Convention would improve assistance for victims of violence against women in Ukraine

21/052021 Kyiv

The Council of Europe project, “Combating violence against women in Ukraine” (COVAW) has produced a new video in Ukrainian: “How the system of assistance to victims of domestic violence and violence against women will need to be improved following ratification of the Istanbul Convention”. The...

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Call for proposals for practitioners of domestic and gender-based violence services in Slovakia, through EEA/Norway Grants

19/05/2021 Strasbourg

An open call for proposals for teams working at a local level in Slovakia on services for victims of domestic and gender-based violence within the EEA and Norway Grants programme “Domestic and Gender-based Violence” was launched on 14th May 2021. The objective of the call is to support existing...

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Call for tenders – Purchase of local consultancy services for implementation of the project “Combatting violence against women in Ukraine”

19/05/2021 Kyiv

The Council of Europe project “Combating Violence Against Women in Ukraine (COVAW)” is looking for providers for the procurement of local consultancy (intellectual) services in the area of combatting violence against women and domestic violence. The purpose of this call for tenders is to create a...

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Azerbaijan: Registration open for webinar on awareness-raising on violence against women

19/05/2021 Baku

The European Union and Council of Europe’s join action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” continues its series of webinars on specific articles of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence...

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Marking the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention in Kosovo*

11/05/2021 Pristina

11 May 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. In order to mark this occasion, the Council of Europe Office in Pristina and...

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Selected NGO projects on communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention in the Czech Republic, Latvia and Poland

10/05/2021 Strasbourg

Three civil society organisations (CSOs) were selected under the Call for proposals – CSO grants on communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention in the Czech Republic, Latvia, or Poland - to promote the values, aims and provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on...

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HELP Course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence launched in Azerbaijani

06/05/2021 Baku

On 4 May 2021, the Council of Europe Human rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence was launched in Azerbaijani for a group of 30 judges, prosecutors and lawyers and will last from May to July 2021. The launch event was organised in...

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Online workshops on sexual violence crimes against women in Georgia

05/05/2021 Tbilisi

On 17, 19 and 26 March 2021, the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia in co-operation with the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, held workshops with representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the Georgian Bar Association to...

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First Steering Committee Meeting of the Council of Europe Project “Combatting violence against women in Ukraine” (COVAW)

03/05/2021 Kyiv

The Steering Committee meeting held online on 29 April 2021 was attended by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Government Commissioner on Gender Policy and the Office of Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine. Other project stakeholders working in the...

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Newsletter No 2 of this year has just been issued!

30/04/21 Strasbourg

This newsletter covers our activities relating to the six objectives of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy for the period January to April 2021: Prevent and combat gender stereotypes and sexism Prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence Ensuring the equal access...

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Social workers strengthen their capacity to provide support to the victims of domestic violence in Armenia

30/04/2021 Yerevan

As part of the social workers’ mandatory in-service training programme, a group of 240 social workers will be trained between April and December 2021 by the Yerevan State University’s Centre for Gender and Leadership Studies with the financial support of the Council of Europe. The Centre for...

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New research: Setting up Treatment Programmes for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and Violence against Women in Kosovo*

29/04/2021 Pristina

The report “Setting up Treatment Programmes for Perpetrators of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence - Analysis of legal framework and good practices” was presented online on 28 April 2021. It examines the current legal and policy framework regarding treatment of perpetrators of...

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International Conference “Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Romania”

29/04/2021 Strasbourg

On 27 April 2021, the Council of Europe participated as a leading speaker in the on-line conference, “Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Romania” held in support of a project focused on combating violence against women under the EEA/Norway Grants Romania Justice...

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Quality Guidelines for Shelters for Victims of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*

26/04/2021 Pristina

On 26 April 2021, the Head of the Council of Europe Office Frank Power in Pristina, and the project team Merita Limani and Beatrice Sopa-Citaku met with Mentor Morina, Director of the Division for Social Services and Family and his colleagues Adile Shaqiri and Magbule Koci from the Ministry of...

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New publication available in Azerbaijani on Article 12 of the Istanbul Convention

23/04/2021 Baku

The Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, is the most comprehensive international legal standard to end violence against women and domestic violence. It starts from the point that violence...

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Georgian prosecutors and investigators trained on sexual violence crimes

20/04/2021 Tbilisi

A group of 50 prosecutors and 9 investigators received their certificates for completing a 4-day specialisation training on sexual violence crimes. The three trainings completed were a joint effort by the Council of Europe, the General Prosecutor’s Office and the UN Women Georgia. “Translating...

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New Report: European Standards and Promising Practices related to Data Collection on Violence against Women

16/04/2021 Ankara

The joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Fostering a comprehensive institutional response to violence against women and domestic violence in Turkey” published the report that provides an overview of standards and promising practices on data collection from the six European countries...

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Launch of HELP online course on Access to Justice for Women for professionals in 11 countries

14/04/21 Strasbourg

On 7 April 2021, members of the EEA/Norway Grants SYNERGY Network against Gender-based and Domestic Violence came together for the official launch of the Council of Europe HELP course on Access to Justice for Women. The kick-off featured a keynote speech by Professor Sara De Vido on European...

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Call for participants: Establishing specialist support services for victims of violence against women and domestic violence in Latvia

14/04/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia are organising an on-line expert debate with Latvian governmental and non-governmental organisations, media, members of the Parliament, with the participation of national and international experts. The...

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Call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the area of research and capacity building on women’s access to justice

01/04/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of consultancy services in the area of research and capacity building on women’s access to justice in the framework of the EU/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance II regional project Women’s Access to Justice: delivering on...

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First meeting of the SYNERGY Network against Gender-based and Domestic Violence in 2021

29/03/2021 Strasbourg

In a gathering of governmental and non-governmental professionals dedicated to combatting violence against women, the EEA/Norway Grants’ SYNERGY Network against Gender-based and Domestic Violence held its first assembly of the year on Thursday, 18 March 2021. With a focus on mitigation measures...

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What the articles of the Istanbul Convention say: Webinar

22/03/2021 Baku

On 18 March 2021, the action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” launched a series of webinars dedicated to explaining specific articles of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic...

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Focus groups to develop a campaign on violence against women and domestic violence in Azerbaijan

18/03/2021 Baku

On 12 and 17 March 2021, a series of online focus groups were held with Azerbaijani stakeholders. The meetings aimed to support the development of a national campaign against violence against women and domestic violence and to raise awareness of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and...

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HELP online course on violence against women and domestic violence launched for Law students in Kosovo*

18/03/2021 Pristina

Under the project "Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence - phase II", the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Kosovo* Justice Academy launched the HELP course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence for law students of the Faculty of...

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New training curriculum for Prosecutors and Judges in combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*

18/03/2021 Pristina

On 5 March 2021, the Head of the Council of Europe office in Pristina, Frank Power, and Merita Limani, Senior Project Officer for the project on ‘’Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence- Phase II’’ met with Enver Fejzullahu, Executive Director of the Academy of...

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8 March - International Women’s Day: Making gender equality a reality in Europe

08/03/2021 Baku

On 8 March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). This day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in all spheres of life, be it political, cultural, social or economic. It is therefore a day where the world unites to further promote gender equality and calls on...

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How does the Istanbul Convention guide countries’ actions against violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic?

08/03/2021 Kyiv

As we enter into our second year battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council of Europe marks this International Women’s Day with the solemn recognition that since the outbreak of the pandemic, a dramatic increase has been reported in recorded cases of violence against women and domestic violence...

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Call for proposals – CSO grants on communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention in the Czech Republic, Latvia, or Poland

19/02/2021 Strasbourg

This call for proposals aims to support civil society (CSOs) projects to promote the values, aims and provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) and dispelling myths and misinformation about it. The...

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Project Board of the action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan”

17/02/2021 Baku

On 17 February 2021, the first meeting of the Project Board of the action “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan” took place online. The Project Board includes the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, the Ministry of...

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New project launched in Ukraine to combat violence against women

11/02/2021 Kyiv

On 1 January 2021, the Council of Europe launched a new two-year project, entitled “Combatting violence against women in Ukraine” (COVAW). The COVAW project has been designed in line with the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine (2018-2022) as regards supporting national legislation and...

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How to report on violence against women in the media? Guideline for Armenian journalists and media professionals

05/02/2021 Yerevan

Both traditional and social media play a major role both as a source of fact-based information and as a shaper of opinions. The media can promote awareness on equal and indivisible human rights and contribute to prevent and combat violence against women. The Council of Europe guideline on gender...

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Experts discuss how to implement Council of Europe quality guidelines for shelters for victims of violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*

26/01/2021 Pristina

The development of the quality guidelines for shelters for victims of VAW and DV in Kosovo* continues with discussions with the Council of Europe experts and key local authorities. The experts presented the final draft of the quality guidelines for shelters, and discussions focused on how to...

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First online meetings with stakeholders to prepare a Council of Europe gap analysis of the Azerbaijani legislation and policies on violence against women and domestic violence

14-15/01/2021 Baku

On 14-15 January 2021, a series of online meetings were held with Azerbaijani stakeholders to support the work of Council of Europe experts in preparing a gap analysis of the Azerbaijani legislation and policies in the field of violence against women and domestic violence in line with the Council...

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Better data can save women’s lives: webinar on administrative data in Turkey

30/11/20 Ankara, Turkey

30 November 2020, the European Union and the Council of Europe organised an international webinar on “Administrative Data Collection and Analysis on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence”. This activity was part of the joint programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey...

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High-Level Conference - Applying the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention: what does it mean in practice?

09/12/20 Pristina

On 9 December 2020, the Council of Europe Office in Pristina and OSCE Mission in Kosovo* organised an online High-Level Conference with the aims to enhance the local knowledge on the steps needed to implement of the Istanbul Convention in Kosovo*. The conference was attended by over 80...

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Administration of Justice on Sexual Violence Crimes against Women in Georgia

14/12/2020 Tbilisi

On 8 December 2020, the Council of Europe and the Public Defender of Georgia held a joint online conference and presented the findings of the study “Administration of Justice on Sexual Violence Crimes against Women in Georgia”. The research study analyses legislative gaps as well as barriers in...

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Webinar “Gender Mainstreaming Law Schools’ Curricula”

07/12/2020 Strasbourg

How can gender mainstreaming strengthen women’s access to justice? What are the promising practices in Europe on ensuring gender equality in academia and research? How gender mainstreaming law schools contributes to addressing gender bias among legal professionals? These were the questions that...

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Ukraine: Project results presented at Final Steering Committee Meeting

04/12/2020 Kyiv

An online steering committee meeting was held on 4 December to introduce the final results of the Project “The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine”. Participants included the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry...

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Legal aid lawyers and access to justice for women victims of violence

04/12/2020 Strasbourg

” [I] always had to confront the argument that the aggressor must not be evicted from the common dwelling when he had no other place to live. Now I can refer to this case and demand for the aggressor to be evicted when he poses risk for other family members because of him being aggressive. I...

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Media Guidance for reporting on violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine

30/11/2020 Kyiv, Ukraine

A Media Guidance for the Development of Self-Regulatory Standards to Report on Cases of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence has been developed to support Ukrainian media professionals to develop self-regulatory mechanisms to facilitate human rights-based, gender-sensitive and ethical...

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Learn about myths and facts about the Istanbul Convention in Ukraine

26/11/2020 Kyiv, Ukraine

On the International Day to End Violence against Women and to kick-start the 16-days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the Council of Europe has worked in co-operation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy to produce two new infographics. “Myths and facts about the Istanbul...

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Council of Europe supports Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia to develop National Action Plan for Combating Domestic Violence

20/11/2020 Yerevan

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia in cooperation with relevant national and international stakeholders, including the National Council on Preventing Domestic Violence, has started to define national priorities to address existing gaps and challenges in the field to develop the...

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Georgian investigators embarked on HELP distance-learning course on violence against women

17/11/2020 Tbilisi

On 17 November 2020, the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia launched the HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) online learning course on violence against women and domestic violence for 20 investigators. The HELP course offers a...

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New reports and recommendations on Risk Assessment Methodologies and Restraining Orders in Ukraine

13/11/2020 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 12 November 2020, the Council of Europe presented report findings and recommendations for 2 key reports of the project, “The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine”. The analytical report, “Risk Assessment Standards and...

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Launch of the HELP Women Access to Justice Course for 60 lawyers in Ukraine

06/11/2020 Kyiv

On 4 November 2020, 60 lawyers from 16 regions in Ukraine attended the launch of the Access to Justice for Women course, by the Council of Europe’s European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP). The Course is being conducted with support from the National Bar...

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Online conference on the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention standards for awareness raising against violence against women and domestic violence

28/10/2020 Pristina

In the framework of the project ‘’Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*-Phase II’’ (supported by a voluntary contribution of the Government of Norway), the Council of Europe organised an online conference on the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention...

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New call for tender for the provision of communication and visibility services in Azerbaijan

26/10/2020 Baku

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision communication and visibility services under the European Union and Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance II project “Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan”. Under this...

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Study on Issuing Restraining or Protection Orders in Cases of Domestic Violence in Ukraine

23/10/2020 Kyiv

A new report in Ukraine, ‘Court Considerations on Issuing Restraining or Protection Orders in Cases of Domestic Violence: International Standards and Overview of Ukrainian National Practice’ is now available. This study is aimed for use by Ukrainian judges, assistant judges and candidates for...

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Supporting member states in their process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention

14/10/2020 Strasbourg

A new publication entitled “Advancing towards the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention: good practices from states parties” has just been published. This study has been prepared under the framework of the project “Awareness-raising activities on the Istanbul Convention in...

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The European Union, the Council of Europe and UN Women organised a series of webinars on preventing and responding to violence against women

16/10/2020 Strasbourg

The European Union, the Council of Europe and UN Women organised a series of webinars "A thousand ways to solve our problems: Preventing and responding to violence against women from an intersectional perspective in the Western Balkans and Turkey," within the framework of the EU-UN Women...

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Online Conference: Violence against women - addressing issues with perpetrators

29/09/2020 Pristina

In the framework of the project ‘’Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*-Phase II’’ the Council of Europe organised an online conference that gathered over 40 local and international stakeholders. Frank Power, the Head of Council of Europe Office in...

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New training programmes and materials on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Turkey

30/09/2020 Ankara

The European Union and the Council of Europe, together with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, Ministry of Justice and Justice Academy of Turkey, are revising and developing new training programmes and materials on preventing and combating violence against...

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Informative meeting of the regional project “Women’s Access to Justice: Delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards”

How does Covid-19 impact women’s access to justice?

30/09/2020 Strasbourg

On 30 September 2020, the Council of Europe organised an informative meeting on the impact of Covid-19 on Women’s Access to Justice in the Eastern Partnership countries. The meeting is an activity of the EU and CoE joint programme PGGII regional project “Women access to justice: delivering on the...

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Certificate Award Ceremony of the HELP course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Pristina

24/09/2020 Pristina

On 24 September 2020, the Council of Europe project “Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo *- Phase II” in cooperation with Kosovo* Justice Academy, organised the Certificate Award Ceremony for the successful participants of the Europe Human Rights...

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Online needs’ assessment meetings for the EU-Council of Europe joint action ‘Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan’

7-10/09/2020 Baku

The Programme for Good Governance II (PGGII) is a European Union and Council of Europe joint programme in the Eastern Partnership countries. The Council of Europe is currently implementing the joint action ‘Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in...

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The Steering Committee of the project in Ukraine gathers partners to assess mid-term results

15/09/2020 Kyiv

On 15 September, the Second Steering Committee Meeting of the Project “The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine” was held online, attended by 40 participants including the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of...

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Ukrainian judges deepen skills with the Council of Europe training on Access to Justice for Women

11/09/2020 Kyiv

In August 2020, 26 Ukrainian judges from district, inter-district, appeals and city courts completed an online course on Access to Justice for Women, part of the Council of Europe HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals). With the successful completion of this course,...

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The training workshops on gender equality in education continue with Armenian educators

10/08/2020 Yerevan

As part of the educational reform in Armenia, education experts responsible for developing teaching materials and textbooks for primary and secondary education gathered for the three-day online training to discuss the principles of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in education. What is...

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Council of Europe tools on Women’s Access to Justice now available in new languages

05/08/2020 Strasbourg

Within the Partnership for Good Governance II, the joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe, the regional project on Women's Access to Justice: delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards in the Eastern Partnership countries has...

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Poland should not withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, says Secretary General

31/07/2020 Strasbourg

Following recent news of Polish intentions to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić made the following statement: ...

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Council of Europe's Project “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*- Phase II “

Mid-term Steering Committee Meeting

17/07/2020 Pristina

On 17 July 2020, mid-term Steering Committee meeting of the project “Reinforcing the Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kosovo*- Phase II”, took place online with participation from Pristina and Strasbourg. The meeting featured introductory remarks from Frank Power,...

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2020/AO/33 - 26 July 2020 - Call for tenders for the provision of international consultancy services within the Project on Human rights and women in the armed forces in Armenia – PHASE II

20/07/2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of international consultancy services within the Project on Human rights and women in the armed forces in Armenia – PHASE II in order to support the implementation of the project with a particular expertise on the human rights protection...

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Round table on advancing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine

15/07/20 KYIV

A meeting focused on Multi-agency Co-operation and Data Collection was held on 8 July 2020, as the final gathering in a three-part Round table Series on advancing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence through Istanbul Convention standards. 28 participants attended the...

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Round table for media in support of the Istanbul Convention Project in Ukraine

10/07/2020 Kyiv

The round table on media was held on 8 July 2020, the second in a three-part Roundtable Series on advancing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence through Istanbul Convention standards. 22 participants, including journalists and media organisation representatives, civil...

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Risk Assessment Standards and Methodologies to ensure the safety of victims of violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine: a new publication is available

07/07/2020 Kyiv

A new analytical report, “Risk assessment standards and methodologies for diverse stakeholders in Ukraine: Next steps in implementing international standards to ensure the safety of victims of violence against women and domestic violence” has been published in Ukraine. The aim of the Risk...

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Launch of a series of round tables in support of the Istanbul Convention project in Ukraine

06/07/2020 Kyiv

The Roundtable on Awareness Raising is the first of a three-part Roundtable Series on advancing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence through Istanbul Convention standards. The round table took place on 1 July 2020 with 32 participants, including the Government...

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Inter-ministerial webinars on measuring Women’s Access to Justice in the Eastern Partnership countries

30/06/2020 Strasbourg

On 29 and 30 June 2020, the Council of Europe organised two inter-ministerial webinars on measuring access to justice including specific challenges facing women. The webinars are part of the EU and CoE joint programme, Partnership for Good Governance, PGG II: “Women access to justice (2019-2021):...

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Launch of the HELP course on Access to Justice for Women, in Ukraine

23/06/2020 Kyiv, Ukraine

The online kick-off meeting for the HELP course on Access to Justice for Women took place on 19 June 2020 with 32 participants, including Ukrainian judges from district, interdistrict, appeals and city courts, and speakers from the University of London and the National School of Judges, as well...

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New deadline: Call for tenders for the provision of intellectual consultancy services on gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence, trafficking in human beings and children's rights in the Southern Mediterranean

23/06/20 Strasbourg

Please note that the deadline for this call for tenders has been extended to 31 August 2020 (previous deadline 30 June 2020) Since the launch, in 2011, of the Council of Europe's policy towards neighbouring regions, particular attention has been paid to the promotion of European and international...

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Call for tenders for the provision of publication design and layout services on access to justice in Eastern Partnership countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine)

18/05/20 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of publication design and layout services on access to justice in Eastern Partnership countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) in the framework of the EU/Council of Europe Partnership for Good...

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Call for tenders for the provision of local consultancy services in the area of access to justice and violence against women in Eastern Partnership countries

11/05/2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of consultancy services on access to justice and violence against women in Eastern Partnership countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) in the framework of the EU/Council of Europe Partnership...

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Online training for legal professionals on Domestic Violence and its impact in Human Rights

29/04/2020 Pristina

An online training was organised for over 40 judges, prosecutors, police, lawyers and victims’ advocates on ”Domestic Violence and its implications to Human Rights”. This training/discussion session marked the end of the European Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course on...

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Preventing and combating violence against women in the Russian Federation: a new publication is available

04/05/2020 Russian Federation

The “Research on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, including in situations of social disadvantage, in the Russian Federation” has been developed in the framework of the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action...

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Online closing event of the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017–2022)”

30/04/2020 Russian Federation

On 30 April 2020, the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation closed in an online event...

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Winners of the All-Russian competition “Women in the Modern World”

29/04/2020 Russian Federation

The all-Russian competition “Women in the Modern World” was launched in the framework of the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017-2022)” . A total of 184 applications were received, 30 short-listed and 3 winners were...

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Balanced participation of women and men in decision-making in the Russian Federation: a new publication is available

24/04/2020 Russian Federation

The report “Achieving balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making in the Russian Federation. European Best Practices” has been developed in the framework of the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for...

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4th edition of the HELP course on Violence against women and Domestic Violence launched online in Georgia

20/04/2020 Georgia

The Council of Europe in co-operation with the Georgian General Prosecutor’s office launched its fourth HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) online learning course on violence against women and domestic violence on 16 April 2020. The online launch served to introduce the HELP...

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Ukraine has made progress towards gender equality, however challenges remain

06/04/2020 Kyiv, Ukraine

As stated by the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023, gender equality is one of the priorities of the Council of Europe. The past three years Katja Tiilikainen has been working as a gender adviser in the Council of Europe office in Ukraine to enhance gender mainstreaming in the...

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Ahead of the International Women’s Day, prominent women politicians from Russian regions mentor future women leaders

4-5/03/2020 Moscow

On 4-5 March, ahead of the International Women’s Day, a mentoring event promoting women’s participation in public and political decision-making took place in Moscow. A group of 10 women politicians and decision-makers who already actively participate in Russian public and political life from...

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HELP online course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence launched in Kosovo*

20/02/2020 Pristina

On 20 February 2020, the Council of Europe in cooperation with Academy of Justice of Kosovo* launched the HELP course on violence against women and domestic violence. The course was developed by the Council of Europe Gender Equality Division and the European Programme for Human Rights Education...

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What regions in the Russian Federation can do to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence: regional seminar in Ekaterinburg

18-19/02/2020 Ekaterinburg

On 18-19 February in Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation) more than 70 specialists gathered to discuss how actors at regional level can better co-operate to prevent and combat violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence (DV). These included international experts as well as members of national...

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New study published: Gender-based asylum claims and non-refoulement: Articles 60 and 61 of the Istanbul Convention

31/01/2020 Strasbourg

A new publication is now available on Gender-based asylum claims and non-refoulement: Articles 60 and 61 of the Istanbul Convention. This publication belongs to a series of in-depth analyses of articles of the Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence...

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New Training of Trainers curriculum on violence against women and domestic violence for legal professionals in Kosovo*

28-29/01/2020 Pristina

On 28-29 January 2020, the Council of Europe together with the Academy of Justice organised a two-day workshop to launch the design of a Training of Trainers (ToT) curriculumto enhance the skills and knowledge of legal professionals on how to prevent violence against women and domestic violence,...

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Armenian judges, prosecutors and investigators trained on practical tools to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence

14-15/12/19 Armenia

On 14-15 December 2019, the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Academy of Justice of the Republic of Armenia conducted a training for 10 judges, prosecutors and investigators on how to prevent violence against women and domestic violence, protect the victims of violence and hold the...

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Armenian educators to promote gender equality in school curricula

29/11-01/12/19 Yerevan, Armenia

On 29 November-1 December, education experts responsible for reviewing and revising new educational standards, criteria and curricula for the primary and secondary education in Armenia gathered for a three-day training to discuss the principles of gender mainstreaming in education. Through...

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Students in Kosovo* discuss the role of young legal professionals in countering gender inequality

26/11/2019 Pristina

On 26 November 2019, about 30 students gathered at the Law Faculty of the University of Pristina to address how they can contribute to change inequality patterns, combat violence against women and domestic violence and avoid sexism. To inform the debates, participants were presented with the...

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Armenian journalists discuss how to better report on violence against women and domestic violence

16-17/11/2019 Tsaghkadzor, Armenia

Journalists from four Armenian TV channels and ten online and print media agencies gathered for the two-day training seminar to discuss the principles of media reporting on the topics of violence against women and domestic violence. Through participatory training methods, the seminar discussed...

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First Mentoring Programme for legal professionals in Eastern Partnership countries

21-22/10/19 Budapest, Hungary

On 21-22 October 2019, Eastern Partnership countries’ training institutes for judges and prosecutors took part in a 2-day training of mentors’ programme organised by the Council of Europe. Through discussions and interactive experiential methods, the participants were made conversant with the...

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Georgian line ministries discuss data collection on violence against women in view of the upcoming GREVIO monitoring process

30/10/2019 Strasbourg

On 19 October 2019, the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia organised a capacity building workshop for the members of the Inter-agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Kachreti. This Commission coordinates the...

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Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Kosovo*: The Council of Europe supports the rights of victims of violence against women and domestic violence

21/10/19 Pristina

The Council of Europe project on ‘’Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo* (Phase II)’’ supported the International Conference on marking the ‘’Crime Victims’ Rights Week’’ that was organised under the patronage of the Prosecutors Office and Victims...

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Update: Call for tenders for international consultancy services in the areas of gender equality and combating violence against women and domestic violence (2019/AO/041)

22/10/19 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Gender Equality Division is currently in the process of analysing the large number of bids submitted to the call for tenders for international consultancy services in the areas of gender equality and combating violence against women and domestic violence (2019/AO/041)....

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Conference “Taking Action to Improve Women’s Participation in Public and Political Decision-Making“ takes place in Sochi, Russian Federation

17/10/19 Sochi, Russian Federation

On 17 October 2019, the two-day Conference “Taking Action to Improve Women’s Participation in Public and Political Decision-Making” was launched in Sochi, Russian Federation. The Conference was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe/EU Joint Project “Co-operation on the...

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The Council of Europe and the Russian Federation discuss future co-operation in the area of violence against women and domestic violence

07-08/10/19 Moscow, Russian Federation

On 7-8 October, Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, and Marta Becerra, Head of Capacity Building and Co-operation Projects Unit, held meetings in Moscow, Russian Federation, to discuss the continuation of joint co-operation in the area of violence against women...

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Raising awareness on violence against women and domestic violence: working with media in Kosovo*

24/09/19 Pristina

On 24 September, the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, jointly with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, organised a workshop on the ‘’Role of Media in Raising Awareness on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence’’. The workshop included representatives of media organisations such as editors and...

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Finding gaps and solutions in the provision of services for survivors of violence against women in West Georgia

16-17/09/19 Batumi, Georgia

On 16 and 17 September, a multi-disciplinary group of prosecutors, representatives of the Public Defender’s Office and the Ministry of Social Affairs together with the non-governmental organisations providing services to women survivors of violence gathered in Batumi. This second regional...

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Workshop in Sarajevo presents report on Administrative Data Collection and results of the BiH project on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

12/07/19 Sarajevo

On 12 July 2019, the Council of Europe organised a final workshop in Sarajevo with national authorities, legal professionals and other key stakeholders to present and discuss the main results of the project “Raising BiH Institutional Capacity to Prevent and Combat Violence against Women and...

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Georgia pilots a methodology and tools for mapping support services for victims of violence against women

04/07/19 Tbilisi

On 4 July, the Council of Europe organised a round-table meeting with state authorities and non-governmental organisations to discuss the piloting of the Council of Europe methodology and tools for mapping support services for victims of violence against women. The mapping methodology and tools...

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Call for tenders for the provision of international consultancy services in the area of combating violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*

16/07/19 Pristina

The Council of Europe’s Office in Pristina in the framework of the project “Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo* - Phase II” is launching a call for tenders for the provision of international consultancy services in the area of combating violence...

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New project on preventing and combating violence against women launched in Armenia

03/07/19 Yerevan

The Council of Europe project “Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Armenia: continuing the path towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention” was launched in Yerevan on 3 July 2019. Natalia Voutova, Head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia,...

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New report available on data collection on violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

12/07/19 Sarajevo

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, requires that state parties collect relevant administrative data on all forms of violence against women covered by the convention. This data is needed...

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Call for tenders for international consultancy services in the areas of gender equality and combating violence against women and domestic violence

09/07/19 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Gender Equality and Violence against Women Divisions are launching a call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the areas of gender equality and combating violence against women. Selected consultants will be included in a list of potential providers to...

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Georgian delegation visits Stockholm to learn about the Swedish experience in ending violence against women and domestic violence

18-20/06/19 Stockholm

On 18-20 June, Georgian state authorities visited Stockholm to learn about Swedish laws, policies and programmes to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. “A victim-centred and gender-sensitive approaches, and the existence of victim and witness support units within...

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Launch Event of the Norway Grants Human Rights, Roma Inclusion and Domestic and Gender-based Violence Programme in the Czech Republic

13/03/2019 Prague

The Norway Grants programme “Human Rights, Roma Inclusion and Domestic and Gender-based Violence” was officially launched at a conference in Prague on 13 March 2019. Within the programming period of Norway Grants 2014 - 2021 more than half a billion of Czech Korunas will be distributed by the...

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Launching of the Council of Europe project “Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*-Phase II“

15/05/2019 Pristina

On 15 May 2019, a public event was organised to launch the Council of Europe project: “Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo*-Phase II”. The project is built on the findings and recommendations of the research Mapping of services for victims of...

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First HELP online course on Violence against women and domestic violence launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina

9-10/05/2019 Sarajevo and Banja Luka, BiH

Under the project: “Raising institutional capacity to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina“, the Council of Europe organised a launch of the HELP course on gender based violence and domestic violence, in cooperation with Bar Associations of the...

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Call for tender: short-term international consultancy services in the areas of preventing violence against women and promoting women’s participation in public and political life in Russia

02/05/2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project “Co-operation in the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Plan Strategy for Women 2017-2022” is looking for international short-term consultants to build the capacity and knowledge-base of professionals and other relevant stakeholders in Russia....

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New research will analyse response to cases of sexual violence against women in Georgia

01/05/2019 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 1 May 2019, the Council of Europe and the Public Defender’s Office co-organised a roundtable meeting with various legal professionals. The aim of the working meeting was to present and discuss the concept and methodology of the planned research on sexual violence against women, which will be...

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Ukrainian lawyers increase their knowledge and skills to support victims of violence against women

22-24/04/2019 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 22-24 April 2019, the Council of Europe organised in Kyiv, Ukraine, a “training of trainers” (ToT) on providing legal aid to victims of violence against women and domestic violence. It was conducted under the project “The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against...

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New Council of Europe methodology and tools help countries to map support services for victims of violence against women

23/04/2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has developed a methodology and tools to draw inventories and to chart the various support services available for women who are victims of the diverse forms of violence covered by the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and...

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Preventing and combating violence against women – practitioners and policy-makers meet in Astrakhan, Russia to discuss inter-agency co-operation

13/4/2019 Strasbourg

On 9-10 April 2019, a seminar on “Inter-agency co-operation: models to prevent and combat violence against women at the regional level” took place in Astrakhan. The seminar was organised within the framework of the Council of Europe joint project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian...

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