The Combating violence against women in Ukraine – phase II (COVAW-II) project contributes to the agreements between the Council of Europe and Ukraine on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

About the project

The COVAW-II project focuses on two key aspects: development of institutional capacities and raising awareness on Istanbul Convention requirements to prevent violence against women in all of its forms, protect women from all forms of violence, prosecute perpetrators and develop integrated policies to address gender-based violence against women. These aspects function to support the implementation process of the Convention in Ukraine, and the knowledge and mechanisms created contribute to better protection of women's human rights in Ukraine.

Utilising the methodology developed under COVAW-I, activities take place in diverse regions of Ukraine, bringing to light the problem of violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine during armed conflict, the role and benefits of the Istanbul Convention and other international standards in this area, and professional capacity development to enable implementation of the Convention.


 1 January 2023 - 31 December 2024


The project is implemented by the Co-operation Projects Unit at the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Division

 Jenna SHEARER DEMIR, Programme Adviser, Project Manager

 Matthew FOSTER, Junior Project Officer

together with the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv

 Valeriia TKACHENKO, Senior Project Officer

 Viktoriia  TERESHCHENKO, Project Officer

 Tetiana ANTONCHENKO, Project Assistant