19 June: International Day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict

19/06/2024 Strasbourg

In response to the growing number of cases of conflict related sexual violence in Ukraine, the Council of Europe supports Ukrainian national authorities and government agencies, civil society organisations and local NGOs with resources to support their efforts provide tailored and...

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Collaborative efforts to implement new domestic violence legislation in Armenia

18/06/2024 Yerevan, Armenia

On 23 May 2024, representatives the Armenian National Assembly, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Investigative Committee, Court of Cassation, the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Labour and Social Affairs, Justice, Health, Education, Science, Culture and Sports and civil society organisations (CSOs)...

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Strengthening protection of migrant women, and Istanbul Convention monitoring in Ukraine

14/06/2024 Strasbourg

On 24 May 2024 an online round table was organised to discuss protection of the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seeking women and girls, as outlined in the Council of Europe Recommendation on protecting the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls, adopted by Ukraine...

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Increasing legal literacy of women in the earthquake-affected regions of Türkiye

13/06/2024 Türkiye

Between 7-10 May 2024, a total of 87 women affected by the earthquakes of February 2023 attended a training aiming at empowering them to claim their rights and increased their knowledge on how to access support services. The trainings were organised in the container cities housing more than 600...

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Promising practices on implementing the Istanbul Convention discussed in Ukraine

12/06/2024 Strasbourg

340 civil servants from regional offices of the National Social Service of Ukraine participated in a webinar on the publication “After ratification: promising practices on implementation of the Istanbul Convention” on 23 May 2024. In the publication, the Council of Europe: examines common...

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SYNERGY Network highlights Czech-Norwegian good practice on gender-based violence against women

11/06/2024 Strasbourg

A project by the Czech Gender Equality Department and the Norwegian NGO “Alternative to violence” has been featured by the SYNERGY Network against gender-based and domestic violence as an example of good practice on addressing gender-based violence. The project, funded by the EEA and Norway...

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Working together to end violence against women

10/06/2024 Strasbourg

European countries are taking a stronger stand against violence against women thanks to a key international human rights treaty, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). This convention goes beyond simply...

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New Council of Europe Recommendation on gender equality of Roma and Traveller women and girls now available in Ukrainian

07/06/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe new Recommendation on ensuring equality of Roma and Traveller women and girls outlines concrete measures to ensure Roma and Traveller women and girls have equal access to education, healthcare, employment, and housing, and addresses challenges such as discrimination,...

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Protecting the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women, victims of gender -based and domestic violence, in the Republic of Moldova

06/06/2024 Yerevan, Armenia

On 23 May 2024, in Chisinau, the Council of Europe hosted a round table discussion with representatives of Moldovan national authorities, civil society and international organisations to explore the protection provided by the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence...

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Preventing violence against women and domestic violence through formal and informal education in Ukraine

05/06/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has developed a new tool for education professionals, “Checklist for preventing violence against women through formal and informal education” to support implementation of Article 14 of the Istanbul Convention. This publication provides a self-regulatory mechanism to...

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Open call for proposals from civil society organisations to promote gender equality in Ukraine

04/06/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project “Promoting Gender Equality in Ukraine (Pro-GE)” has opened a call to award grants to civil society organisations working in Ukraine. This call for proposals aims to provide grants to local women`s rights civil society organisations to develop and implement awareness...

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Council of Europe publishes study on digital violence against women in the Republic of Moldova

03/06/2024 Chisinau, Moldova

The study provides a set of recommendations for aligning with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence known as the Istanbul Convention. It emphasises gaps in the protection against online and technology-facilitated violence against...

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Guide to protect the rights of refugee, migrant and asylum-seeking women and girls

27/05/2024 Strasbourg

The Guide to the implementation of the Council of Europe Recommendation on protecting the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and Girls has been developed to provide concrete support to Ukrainian stakeholders, and others throughout Europe involved in policy making, such as civil...

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Applying a gender equality lens to journalisms in Armenia

24/05/2024 Yerevan, Armenia

Thirteen Armenian journalists and representatives of media civil society organisations (11 women and 2 men) participated in a seminar on 16-17 May 2024 in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia on gender sensitive language, lens, and ethical approaches in journalism to cover stories on violence against women and...

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Gender-responsive legal practices in Türkiye – What does it mean for legal professionals?

23/05/2024 Ankara, Türkiye

An international panel on gender-responsive legal practices was organised on 15 May in Ankara, Türkiye as part of the 75th anniversary of the Council of Europe and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Europe Programme Office in Ankara. The panel aimed to provide an overview...

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Civil society raises awareness on the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Armenia

22/05/2024 Yerevan, Armenia

Three civil society organisation (CSOs) - Armavir Development Center in Armavir province, Martuni Women’s Community Council in Gegharkunik province, and Sose Women’s Issues in Syunik province - have completed communication and advocacy projects that ran from June 2023 to February 2024. These...

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Closing the policy gaps for combatting digital and sexual violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

21/05/2024 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 14 May 2024 in Mostar the Council of Europe event "Harmonizing legal responses: Gap analysis on digital and sexual violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ convened executive policy-makers, representatives of executive and legislative bodies, judicial and law enforcement...

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Istanbul Convention at 13: Promising Practices to end violence against women

17/05/2024 Strasbourg

11 May 2024 marks the 13th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Istanbul Convention, which sets the standard for preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence. Ukraine, which ratified the Convention in 2022, is nearing its 2nd anniversary with the convention....

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University students in Türkiye trained on gender-sensitive legal practices

13/05/2024 Strasbourg

The joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Fostering women's access to justice in Türkiye” launched the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course on "Access to justice for women" to run between 23 February- 22 April 2024. It aimed to increase knowledge and skills of...

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Eastern Partnership judicial training institutions commit to enhance regional co-operation

07/05/2024 Strasbourg

Rectors, vice-rectors and heads of international co-operation departments from Eastern Partnership judicial training institutions gathered in Brussels on 18-19 April 2024 for a series of meetings, presentations and workshops aimed at establishing a regional network. The aim of this regional...

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HELP course on violence against women and domestic violence for Azerbaijani law enforcement officials

26/04/2024 Baku, Azerbaijan

Acknowledging the crucial role law enforcement plays in countering violence against women and domestic violence, the new online Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course in Azerbaijani aims to equip professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively respond to...

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Ukraine strengthens efforts to end violence against women: Council of Europe project marks midterm progress

26/04/2024 Strasbourg

On 9 April 2024 the Council of Europe project “Combatting violence against women in Ukraine - Phase II” (COVAW II) held a meeting of partners and stakeholders to highlight project achievements in 2023 and present planned steps for 2024. Key institutions, representatives of professional...

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Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina discuss good practices in investigating and prosecuting digital violence against women

25/04/2024 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 23 April 2024 the event on "Emerging and good practices in investigating and prosecuting digital violence against women“ in Sarajevo convened stakeholders from various sectors, including the judiciary, to explore international best practices in addressing digital violence against women. The...

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Council of Europe HELP Course on access to justice for women launched to empower dudges and prosecutors from the Western Balkans

23/04/2024 Strasbourg

In a significant step towards enhancing gender-sensitive legal practices and strengthening the capacity of judges and prosecutors in addressing gender bias in the judiciary in the Western Balkans, the regional HELP course on access to justice for women (HELP WAJ) was launched with the support...

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Results of the call for projects for civil society organisations in Serbia: Communication and advocacy initiatives on the Istanbul Convention

19/04/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe “Ending violence against women: multi-country programme” has finalised the assessment of the call for proposals for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Serbia. The aim of the call aim is to support awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives that promote the values, aims,...

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Launch of the Council of Europe guidelines for social workers

17/04/2024 Chisinau, Moldova

On 9 April 2024, over 50 experts, representatives from specialised ministries and agencies, and civil society members, were introduced to new Guidelines for social workers, a collaborative effort between the Council of Europe and the Ministry of labour and social protection. Rodica...

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Moldovan authorities present roadmap to implement GREVIO recommendations

17/04/2024 Chisinau, Moldova

On 9 April 2024, a significant step towards addressing violence against women and domestic violence was taken as the Specialised Commission on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention convened under the National Council for human rights. Bringing together 57 experts, representatives from...

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Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General advocates for gender equality in the Republic of Moldova

12/04/2024 Chisinau, Moldova

On 8 April April 2024, Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, emphasized the importance of advancing gender equality during his visit to Moldova State University. His lecture "Advancing gender equality and tackling violence against women in the Republic of Moldova"...

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Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy for 2024-2029 available in Ukrainian

10/04/2024 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers adopted a new Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy for 2024-2029 on 6 March 2024, which has now been translated into Ukrainian. This six-year strategy will guide the work of the Council of Europe and its member states, including Ukraine, toward...

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Strategies to criminalise and prosecute sexual violence under the Istanbul Convention

08/04/2024 Strasbourg

Sexual violence, including rape, represents one of the most under-reported forms of violence against women. It is characterised by high attrition rates at the investigation and prosecution stages and few convictions, which lead to a culture of impunity. To show the evolution of legislation,...

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