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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